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Snowstorm affects Monday court schedules in Virginia

Lingering snow is affecting court schedules throughout Virginia for Monday, Jan. 25. The administrative offices of the Supreme Court of Virginia are closed Monday. A list of other state court closings is posted here. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Severance sentenced to life for 3 Alexandria murders

FAIRFAX (AP) A convicted serial killer was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the slayings of three prominent Alexandria residents over the course of a decade as part of a grudge against the city’s elite. Charles Severance, 55, of ...

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Norfolk, Virginia Beach police to change stun gun policies

NORFOLK (AP) Police in Norfolk and Virginia Beach have changed their stun gun policies in response to a recent federal appeals court ruling. The Virginian-Pilot reports the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last week that police should ...

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Judge denies Matthew suppression motion

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge has denied a defense motion to suppress some evidence in the case of a man charged with killing a University of Virginia student. Media outlets reported that Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins ruled Thursday against ...

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Court erred in figuring fired firm’s fee (access required)

A law firm whose client fired it after the client won a $26 million judgment has won its appeal of a district court judgment slashing the firm’s fees by half. Gilbert LLP handled major trade secret litigation for Jordan Fishman ...

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Appeals court upholds Virginia health care facility law

(AP) A Virginia law that requires government approval for new or expanded health care facilities is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected a claim that Virginia’s “certificate ...

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Most federal offenders on supervision stay arrest-free

Approximately 80 percent of federal offenders remain free of felony arrest during their first three years back in the community after release from prison, and fewer than 15 percent of those are re-arrested for serious offenses even three years after ...

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Incumbent judges re-elected (access required)

In the wake of generally good scores on Judicial Performance Evaluation surveys, the full crop of Virginia judges hoping for re-election this year have been given new terms by the General Assembly. Both the House and Senate elected the incumbent ...

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Feds reject proposed forest route for pipeline

(AP) The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the proposed route of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia because of concerns over the project’s impact on an endangered salamander and other resources. In a ...

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Marcus gains top post at AALS (access required)

William & Mary law Prof. Paul Marcus has been selected as president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools. The action came Jan. 9 during the association’s annual meeting in New York. Marcus is the Hugh and Nollie Haynes Professor ...

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