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Waverly mayor indicted for election fraud (access required)

The mayor of the Southside Virginia town of Waverly was indicted Tuesday on 12 felony charges of fraud in connection with absentee ballots in his March 2016 election victory. Walter J. Mason is accused of making false statements on absentee ...

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Sessions pushes anti-crime agenda in Richmond

(AP) The Justice Department will encourage cities to revive violent crime-fighting strategies of the 1990s that focused on sending certain gun crimes to federal court, where they carry longer sentences in far-away prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. Sessions ...

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Doctor indicted on murder charge; woman still missing

MIDLOTHIAN (AP) Chesterfield County police have arrested a physician after he was indicted for allegedly killing his girlfriend, who has been missing since 2014. The department said in a news release that officers arrested 39-year-old Dr. John E. Gibbs II ...

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Case challenging driver’s license suspensions dismissed

(AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law automatically suspending the driver’s licenses of people who can’t pay court costs and fines. Judge Norman K. Moon said Monday that his court does not have jurisdiction over ...

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W&L jumps in law school rankings (access required)

Washington & Lee University moved from 40th to 28th in the latest rankings of law schools by U.S. News & World Report. The jump nearly reverses the school’s rankings drop in 2014, when it moved from 26th to 43rd. “While ...

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Trial over Virginia’s 2011 legislative boundaries begins

(AP) Virginia legislative boundaries being challenged by a redistricting advocacy group were approved with bipartisan support and are constitutionally sound, an attorney for the Republican-controlled House of Delegates said Monday during the opening of a trial over the 2011 electoral ...

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Lawyer: Dad charged in son’s death had collected insurance

MANASSAS (AP) According to prosecutors, Joaquin Shadow Rams had grown accustomed to living off the life insurance proceeds of dead family members. So when the money ran out, he turned to his 1-year-old son to cash in again. Rams’ murder ...

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Father charged in slaying of son goes on trial

MANASSAS (AP) A Virginia man is going on trial for the death of his 1-year-old son, more than four years after the boy’s death. Prosecutors say Joaquin Rams murdered his son Prince to collect on more than $500,000 in life ...

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6 arrested in insurance fraud scheme

(AP) Virginia prosecutors say six people have been arrested for their alleged roles in an insurance fraud scheme that involved setting 30 fires. Federal prosecutors say the defendants over the course of 16 years set fire to homes, trailers, mobile ...

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Norfolk court moves to control divorce docket (access required)

Unhappy couples have been flocking to Norfolk Circuit Court to file their divorces, and the judges there need a break. Statistics from the Supreme Court of Virginia indicate that last year, nearly 4,000 complaints for divorce – about 12 percent ...

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