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Obama nominates Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would nominate appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, urging Republicans to approve a long-time jurist and former prosecutor known as “one of America’s sharpest legal minds.” Garland, 63, is ...

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Sources: Obama to nominate Merrick Garland

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, congressional sources said Wednesday. The pick sets up a confrontation with Republicans who say they will refuse to consider his nomination in an ...

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Judge delays trial for Norfolk treasurer

NORFOLK (AP) A judge has postponed the public corruption trial of Norfolk’s city treasurer. Media outlets report that U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan agreed Tuesday that Anthony Burfoot’s scheduled May 3 trial should be put on hold until the U.S. ...

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Lawyers say DNA clears man convicted of murder

(AP) Lawyers for a man convicted in a 1982 rape and murder case say recent DNA testing proves he is innocent. Attorneys for 59-year-old Keith Allen Harward filed a petition for a writ of actual innocence March 4, citing Virginia ...

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Senators: McAuliffe sought deal on Supreme Court pick

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation Friday extending coal-related tax credits, sparking strong rebukes from Republican lawmakers who accused him of acting like a “big baby” and hurting the state’s suffering coal industry for petty political reasons. Republican Sens. Bill ...

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Sleeping lawyer voids conviction

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A federal appeals court says a sleeping defense lawyer is almost as bad as none at all. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Friday tossed out a North Carolina man’s conspiracy and racketeering ...

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Malveaux elected to Court of Appeals (access required)

Henrico County District Court Judge Mary B. Malveaux was elected to the Court of Appeals of Virginia the day the General Assembly adjourned its 2016 session. The Assembly March 11 tapped Malveaux to fill the vacancy created when legislators elevated Court of ...

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Salesman says he was fired for hiring too few white women

NORFOLK (AP) A black pharmaceutical salesman has accused a black-owned business of firing him because he did not hire enough attractive white women. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Barrett Franklin filed a $2.5 million lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court ...

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Cuccinelli out as Supreme Court nominee

(AP) Former Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli withdrew his name for consideration for the state Supreme Court on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers said they’d settled on a replacement candidate to fill a vacancy on the high court. The ...

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Fixed-fee medical plans advance

(AP) Legislation aimed at protecting a growing health care model where patients pay their doctors a periodic fee in return for agreed-upon primary care services is moving toward becoming law. The Virginia Senate narrowly approved the measure Wednesday despite strong ...

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