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Appeals court hears death row inmate’s case

(AP) A Virginia prisoner who killed two people during an escape was improperly denied a chance to show that he wouldn’t do it again if spared the death penalty, his lawyer told a federal appeals court March 22. Attorney Jonathan ...

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Lawyer: Man accused of killing cop is mentally impaired

MANASSAS (AP) An Army staff sergeant charged with shooting and killing a newly sworn Virginia police officer is mentally impaired as a result of his two tours in Iraq, his defense lawyer said Tuesday. Ronald Hamilton, 32, of Woodbridge, is ...

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GOP settles copyright claim for use of photo (access required)

The Republican Party of Virginia will pay $9,000 to resolve a copyright claim over a photograph used in a 2014 cam­paign flyer. The settlement marks the second time a Roanoke writer has forced payment for unauthorized use of a photo ...

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Justices likely to reject GOP appeal over Virginia districts

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court signaled Monday it probably will reject a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia. The court’s liberal justices sounded skeptical about a challenge brought by Republican members of Congress who want the Supreme Court ...

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Report: Clerical missteps preceded inmate’s death

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A mentally ill man who was found dead in a jail last year was not on a waiting list for a bed at a state mental hospital, even though a judge had ordered him to be sent there, ...

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Final judgment: Debt relief company owes millions (access required)

The slow collapse of a debt relief com­pany that allegedly fleeced millions from struggling consumers has reached an end in a California federal court. The March 16 final judgment against Morgan Drexen Inc. came just two weeks after a Charlottesville ...

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Brennan tapped for VSB post (access required)

A prosecutor for the Virginia State Bar has been hired for a top executive job at the agency. Assistant bar counsel Renu Brennan will become deputy executive director of the VSB this summer as Mary Yancey Spencer retires from the ...

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Berger inducted into American College of Trial Lawyers (access required)

Altavista lawyer Glenn L. Berger has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Berger’s induction took place at the group’s recent Spring Meeting in Hawaii.  He was the only attorney admitted from the state of ...

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Ex-Saslaw treasurer sentenced for embezzling

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former campaign treasurer for Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for embezzling more than $650,000 in campaign funds. Fifty-one-year-old Linda Diane Wallis of Fairfax pleaded guilty in October ...

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Clerk rescinds ban on journalists’ access to court motions

MANASSAS (AP) A court clerk’s office in Prince William County has ended a five-year policy of denying journalists access to any legal motions filed in the court after the rule was challenged by The Associated Press. The policy had been ...

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