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Governor approves giving $1.55M to exonerated man

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill to provide $1.55 million to a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Keith Allen Harward was released from prison in April 2016 at ...

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DNA test request goes back to trial court (access required)

A lawsuit challenging a prosecutor’s denial of DNA testing to a rape defendant has been revived by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. An appellate panel vacated a Norfolk federal court’s rejection of Derek LaMar’s civil rights suit alleging Prince ...

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Moliterno honored for education leadership

Washington & Lee University Law Professor James E. Moliterno has been named the recipient of the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award from the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia. Moliterno, the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law ...

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Virginia is for felonies? Petty theft law from 1980s sticks

(AP) Stealing a $230 pair of eyeglasses would land you a misdemeanor conviction in most states. Shoplifting the same item in Virginia could make you a felon for life. To keep pace with inflation, at least 30 states have raised ...

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Federal appeals court declines to halt Virginia execution

(AP) A federal appeals court has refused to put a Virginia death row inmate’s execution on hold so he can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued an order Thursday declining ...

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Wilder blasts Morrissey over lawsuit

(AP) Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is accusing former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey of filing a bogus lawsuit against him to gain publicity. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Wilder has filed a motion to dismiss Morrissey’s lawsuit and has asked ...

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Waverly mayor indicted for election fraud (access required)

The mayor of the Southside Virginia town of Waverly was indicted Tuesday on 12 felony charges of fraud in connection with absentee ballots in his March 2016 election victory. Walter J. Mason is accused of making false statements on absentee ...

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Sessions pushes anti-crime agenda in Richmond

(AP) The Justice Department will encourage cities to revive violent crime-fighting strategies of the 1990s that focused on sending certain gun crimes to federal court, where they carry longer sentences in far-away prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. Sessions ...

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Doctor indicted on murder charge; woman still missing

MIDLOTHIAN (AP) Chesterfield County police have arrested a physician after he was indicted for allegedly killing his girlfriend, who has been missing since 2014. The department said in a news release that officers arrested 39-year-old Dr. John E. Gibbs II ...

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Case challenging driver’s license suspensions dismissed

(AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law automatically suspending the driver’s licenses of people who can’t pay court costs and fines. Judge Norman K. Moon said Monday that his court does not have jurisdiction over ...

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