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Heaphy is sworn in as federal prosecutor

Freshly confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Tim Heaphy was sworn in this morning as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Chief U.S. District Judge James P. Jones administered the oath of office at the Abingdon federal courthouse, according ...

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Federal jury considers schools’ ban on news reporter

A Buchanan County news reporter is trying to convince a jury that county school leaders improperly banned him from school property because they didn’t like his stories. Earl Cole, publisher of The Voice, claims that the school board defamed him ...

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Mortgage broker gets 20 years in fraud scheme

U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar sentenced a former Newport News mortgage broker to 20 years in prison for running a mortgage fraud scheme out of his house. According to the Daily Press, Richard N. Garries had been found guilty of ...

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Battlefield preservationists lack standing, county says

The Orange County Board of Supervisors says the lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Walmart in a historic battlefield area is no more than a policy disagreement and should be dismissed. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 25, claims that supervisors ...

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Battlefield preservationists lack standing, county says

The Orange County Board of Supervisors says the lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Walmart in a historic battlefield area is no more than a policy disagreement and should be dismissed. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 25, claims that supervisors ...

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War story: Judge Doherty and the disappointed defendant

Roanoke County Circuit Judge Pat Doherty had them laughing at a recent VTLA 50th anniversary fete in the Star City.  In one story, Doherty recounted how – despite pleas for leniency from the defendant and her family – he gave ...

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War story: Judge Doherty and the disappointed defendant

Roanoke County Circuit Judge Pat Doherty had them laughing at a recent VTLA 50th anniversary fete in the Star City.  In one story, Doherty recounted how – despite pleas for leniency from the defendant and her family – he gave ...

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Patent firm avoids sanctions

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema decided today not to sanction SPH America LLC, a Reston-based company that attempts to enforce patents on mobile phone technology, even though she said the suit it filed against the national law firm of Foley ...

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Patent firm avoids sanctions

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema decided today not to sanction SPH America LLC, a Reston-based company that attempts to enforce patents on mobile phone technology, even though she said the suit it filed against the national law firm of Foley ...

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