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State asks U.S. high court to reject death row appeal

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general’s office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the appeal of a death row inmate. Lawyers for Ricky Gray have asked the court to hear his appeal of this death sentence. Gray was sentenced to death ...

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Supreme Court nixes order restoring felons’ voting rights

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state’s highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority. In a 4-3 decision, the ...

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Va. courts headquarters loses internet access

A wayward truck caused the Supreme Court of Virginia and associated offices in Richmond to lose internet service for a time Friday. The courts’ website was down at midday, but was restored shortly afterwards. The situation may have affected some ...

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Appeals court delay requested in McDonnell case

(AP) Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case to allow both sides time to analyze it. The U.S. attorney’s office said ...

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Charges dismissed in tainted pill prosecution (access required)

The end of a drug conspiracy charge against Les Burns is now official. On the motion of prosecutors, a federal judge has dismissed the case against the Bedford County man who had been convicted of taking part in illicit distribution ...

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AG, feds join to fight human trafficking

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general and federal officials are teaming up to fight human trafficking in the state. Attorney General Mark Herring joined Maria Odom, chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, in Richmond on Wednesday to announce the ...

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Man charged with soliciting prosecutor’s murder (access required)

A man who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl has now been charged with trying to arrange the murders of a prosecutor and three witnesses. Eric Lee Diamond of Radford was indicted July 11 on four charges of solicitation ...

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Wolfe gets 41 years in prison for 2001 murder

MANASSAS (AP) For much of the last 15 years, Justin Wolfe was both a death row inmate and a cause célèbre. His supporters, as well as a federal judge who heard his appeal, believed he was a victim of malicious ...

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Prosecutor sues McAuliffe over felons’ names

(AP) A county prosecutor is suing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to force him to release the names of the felons whose civil rights have been restored. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Loudoun County Circuit Court. ...

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