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Justices to hear court records access case

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear an appeal over whether the court’s Office of Executive Secretary should release a database of court case information. The Daily Press reports the court issued its decision on Sept. 19, ...

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4th Circuit considers voter ID law

(AP) The Democratic Party of Virginia argued before a federal appeals court on Thursday that the court’s ruling blocking North Carolina’s voter identification law should also apply to Virginia’s, since Republican lawmakers in their state also sought to suppress voting ...

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No charges against officers in stun gun case

(AP) Three South Boston police officers will not be charged with federal civil rights crimes for repeatedly using a stun gun on a black man who died soon after he was taken into custody, a prosecutor said Thursday. Investigators found ...

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Defense: Man in same-sex parental dispute was trying to help

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Virginia businessman was being kind, not condemning homosexuality, when he helped a mother move her daughter out of the country and away from her ex-partner, his lawyer said Wednesday at the start of the man’s parental ...

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Ex-lawyer pleads guilty in brutal attack of McLean couple

FAIRFAX (AP) A former lawyer has pleaded guilty after investigators said she orchestrated an interrogation over the phone while her husband tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife inside their home. Thirty-two-year-old Alecia Schmuhl pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated malicious ...

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Court weighs fairness of life sentence for teenage killer

(AP) An attorney for a Virginia man handed life in prison without parole for his murder conviction as a teenager told a federal appeals court Tuesday that the sentence was unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ...

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Man pleads guilty after ‘Supergirl’ foils fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) An Ashburn man whose multiple fraud schemes unraveled in part after he used a Hollywood actress’ photo on a fake passport has pleaded guilty to identity theft and fraud charges. Forty-four-year-old Amit Chaudhry pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal ...

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Man sues smoothie chain over hepatitis A outbreak

WOODBRIDGE (AP) A Virginia man is suing a smoothie shop that he says sold him a beverage contaminated with hepatitis A. The lawsuit against Tropical Smoothie Cafe was filed Tuesday in Prince William County Circuit Court and is one of ...

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Retired judges can still perform marriages (access required)

Many retired Virginia judges play active roles in the state court system, sitting by designation to hear cases. But even a retired judge who has given up all courthouse duties can still perform marriages, the state attorney general says. The ...

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Legal aid office receives $100k grant

The Virginia Legal Aid Society has received a grant of $100,000 from the Obici Healthcare Foundation for VLAS’ Medical Access Project in the cities of Suffolk and Franklin and Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties, the VLAS reported. With the ...

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