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Lawyers oppose Gray execution

(AP) Lawyers for death row inmate Ricky Gray will ask Gov. Terry McAuliffe to commute Gray’s sentence to life in prison. The Virginian-Pilot reports  that Gray is scheduled to be executed Jan. 18 for the 2006 slaying of a Richmond ...

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Fairfax County police chief is crash victim

CENTREVILLE (AP) A Virginia woman has been charged with drunken driving after police say she struck a police chief in his unmarked cruiser. Fairfax County Col. Edwin Roessler suffered minor injuries in Monday’s crash, county police said in a statement. ...

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Appeals court upholds Virginia voter ID law

(AP) A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a Virginia law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, rejecting a challenge from Democrats who argued that it suppresses voting by minorities and young people. A three-judge panel of the ...

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Feds probing jail conditions following deaths

NORFOLK (AP) The Justice Department on Monday said it will investigate a Virginia jail after the deaths of two inmates and criticism of health care services continued to mount from state officials and civil rights groups. The department said in ...

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Execution costs spike; state pays pharmacy $66K

(AP) Virginia prison officials have paid a secret compounding pharmacy $66,000 to obtain lethal injection drugs for its next two executions — roughly 63 times last year’s going price for the state’s three-drug lethal injection package. Like other states, Virginia ...

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Businessman gets life for wife’s death

LEESBURG (AP) A northern Virginia businessman convicted of murder in his estranged wife’s 2014 death has been sentenced to life in prison plus 16 years. Media outlets report a Loudoun County Circuit Court judge handed down the sentence Friday to former ...

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City official convicted of taking developers’ bribes

NORFOLK (AP) A federal jury on Friday convicted a Norfolk official of taking bribes to help businessmen working on development projects, including a proposed gentlemen’s club. But Treasurer Anthony Burfoot still plans to go to work Monday and “not abandon ...

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Appeals court considers combatant immunity

(AP) The prosecution of a former Russian military officer accused of leading a Taliban attack on American forces is a radical departure from the U.S.’s long practice of treating fighters as enemy combatants instead of criminals, the man’s attorney argued ...

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Send in your large verdicts from 2016

Virginia Lawyers Weekly will be publishing its Largest Verdicts of 2016 edition on Jan. 16, 2017. If you have received a verdict of $1,000,000 or more this year, be sure you report it to us for the verdict to appear ...

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‘Norfolk Four’ seek pardons from governor

(AP) Four former sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and murder have asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to formally declare that they are innocent, their attorneys said Thursday. The request for ...

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