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Quiet settlement ends Taser lawsuit (access required)

The family of a man who died in police custody in South Boston after repeated shocks from stun guns has settled its $25 million lawsuit against police officers. Terms of the settlement were not available. Lawyers for the two sides ...

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$20M lawsuit filed over jail inmate’s death

(AP) The mother of a 26-year-old man who died at Richmond City Justice Center has filed a $20 million wrongful-death lawsuit. The lawsuit claims Gregory Lee Hill was treated for the wrong medical condition, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The lawsuit ...

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Man pleads to role in same-sex parental kidnap case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Nicaragua resident has pleaded guilty to helping a mother move her daughter out of the United States to avoid sharing custody with her former same-sex partner in Vermont. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo, New York, ...

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Couric urges court to throw out lawsuit

(AP) Lawyers for journalist Katie Couric are urging a federal judge to dismiss a $12 million defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia gun rights activists over what they call a misleading documentary edit. The Virginia Citizens Defense League filed a lawsuit in ...

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NC man charged with multimillion-dollar fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Federal authorities say a hearing will be held next week in Virginia for a North Carolina man accused of promising to invest millions of dollars in U.S. Treasury bills and instead using the money for risky trades ...

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Richmond law firms to merge (access required)

Richmond-based law firms McCandlish Holton and Morris & Morris are joining forces effective Dec. 1, the two firms announced Wednesday. The combined firm will have 39 lawyers with offices in Richmond, Fairfax and Roanoke, according to a news release. Both ...

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Judge decries ‘unjust’ sentence, legal obstacles (access required)

A Charlottesville federal judge has leveled sharp criticism at “procedural roadblocks” preventing correction of a “gravely unjust” sentence for a man convicted under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon said he was powerless to vacate ...

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Jail: Man wanted in son’s death killed himself in cell

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Officials say a man wanted in the death of his 1-year-old son died in his jail cell by an apparent suicide. The Riverside Regional Jail told local news media outlets that it appeared 25-year-old Artur Kharendzyuk killed ...

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West Virginia regulators, Alpha settle bankruptcy case suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia regulators have settled a lawsuit brought against Alpha Natural Resources over concerns about the coal producer’s reclamation obligations as it emerges from bankruptcy. A Virginia court approved Alpha’s bankruptcy plan in July. But in November, Alpha ...

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Legislators anoint Fairfax judge candidates (access required)

Two Fairfax County lawyers have been chosen by that county’s state legislators to fill two potential seats on the county circuit bench. David Bernhard and David Oblon were favored by the delegation of 25 legislators representing Fairfax County after a ...

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