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Judge stays action on Rolling Stone verdict

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Enforcement of a jury’s decision in a defamation case against Rolling Stone has been put on hold while a judge considers the magazine’s challenge to the verdict. Jurors found in November that the magazine, its publisher and a ...

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VBA to move to larger offices

The Virginia Bar Association is moving to more spacious accommodations. The VBA’s new office and member center will be on the ninth floor of the Bank of America Center between Main and Cary Streets in downtown Richmond. At least half ...

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Man charged with wife’s 2014 poison murder

VERONA (AP) A Virginia man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who died from ingesting antifreeze in 2014. Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith announced the charge Tuesday against 68-year-old David E. Vatter of Verona, ...

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Bar proposes revised client protection rules

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on a rewrite of the rules for the bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund. The lawyer-funded program reimburses victims of dishonest lawyers. A bar committee reviews and evaluates applications for payments from clients and others ...

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Appeals court scrutinizes ex-CIA officer’s leak conviction

(AP) A former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to stall Iran’s nuclear program should have his convictions tossed, in part because prosecutors improperly introduced evidence that the man had mishandled other classified material, an attorney ...

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Lyon sisters suspect faces new charges

MANASSAS (AP) The man charged in the 1975 slayings of two sisters who vanished from a suburban Maryland mall has been indicted on new charges in connection with an unrelated case in northern Virginia. Multiple news outlets report that a ...

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Las Vegas lawsuit leads to suspension for Va. lawyer (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who filed an ill-fated lawsuit against one half of the Las Vegas magic act “Siegfried & Roy” has lost his law license for 30 days. Not only did a Nevada judge dismiss the lawsuit that Fairfax attorney ...

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Kennedy could sway Supreme Court redistricting cases

WASHINGTON (AP) Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia. The court’s liberal and conservative justices seemed otherwise divided after arguments ...

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Rolling Stone challenges verdict in UVa defamation case

(AP) Rolling Stone magazine urged a federal judge on Monday to overturn the verdict of a jury, which found that the publication and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator with their botched story about a gang rape on ...

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Virginia sees big drop in marijuana arrests

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The number of marijuana arrests in Virginia has fallen significantly in the last few years. Charges for marijuana offenses dropped by 14 percent statewide over two years, the Daily Press reports. It’s the largest two-year drop in ...

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