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Press Association backing access to court records

SHORT PUMP – The Virginia Press Association will file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a reporter’s effort to gain access to compilations of Virginia trial court records. VPA executive director Ginger Stanley told attendees at a journalism conference here ...

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School board sues to get team bus video

STRASBURG (AP) The Shenandoah County School Board has filed a lawsuit against the Shenandoah County sheriff asking for access to the video that captured alleged misconduct on a school bus. Media outlets report that seven Strasburg High School students were ...

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Exonerated man released from prison after 33 years

BURKEVILLE (AP) As he walked into the Virginia sun after spending 33 years in prison for crimes authorities now say he didn’t commit, the fact that his parents weren’t there to see him become a free man weighed heavily on ...

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Access to legislative records at issue

(AP) A judge has ruled that current and former Virginia state senators are in contempt for not providing records related to a redistricting lawsuit. Richmond Judge W. Reilly Marchant ruled Thursday that each senator in contempt should be assessed a ...

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Bristol attorney pleads to felony in utilities case (access required)

G. Walter Bressler, a lawyer in Bristol for 42 years, has pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge in connection with an ongoing federal investigation of bribes and kickbacks at that city’s utilities authority. Prosecutors said Bressler, as general counsel ...

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Virginia Supreme Court orders release of wrongly convicted man

(AP) A former sailor convicted of rape and murder in Newport News more than three decades ago is innocent and should be released from prison, the state’s highest court said Thursday. The Virginia Supreme Court granted Keith Allen Harward’s petition ...

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State agrees on wrongful conviction claim

(AP) DNA evidence proves that a man who is serving a life sentence was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago, Virginia’s attorney general said Wednesday. The attorney general’s office has filed a brief with the state ...

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Court temporarily stays inmate’s execution

(AP) A Virginia death row inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend plans to take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court after his execution was halted by a federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Report calls for changes after inmate death

(AP) A Portsmouth jail should provide better oversight of its health care providers and the state should take steps to ensure the accuracy of a waiting list for beds at a state mental hospital, Virginia’s inspector general said in a ...

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Class-action suit challenges US government’s watch list

ALEXANDRIA (AP) For Yaseen Kadura, a U.S. citizen of Libyan descent, placement on the no-fly list caused problems far beyond the airport. He was handcuffed and interrogated for hours when he tried to cross borders by land. He struggled to ...

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