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Proposed jury secrecy rule revised

The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court has backed off from its original proposal to have jurors in criminal court identified only by number as a matter of course. The original draft had drawn criticism from newspapers, the Virginia Coalition ...

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More Titantic exploration planned

A lawyer for the company with salvage rights to the Titanic confirms a possible expedition to the wreck site is planned for next year. Robert McFarland of Norfolk (pictured) tells the Associated Press that details of the dive should come ...

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AG candidates appear before Richmond bar

Democrat Steve Shannon (left) and Republican Ken Cuccinelli (right) stuck to familiar themes this afternoon at the Richmond Bench-Bar Conference in the last of their four joint appearances before next month’s attorney general election. Shannon, a Delegate from Fairfax since ...

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4th Circuit denies bond for neo-Nazi

William A. White should remain in jail pending trial, according to a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Roanoke publisher of a neo-Nazi Web site is accused of threatening people by e-mail and Web posts.  The ...

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Clemency denied in Roanoke County case

Gov. Tim Kaine has denied a petition for clemency in the case of Aleck Carpitcher, a man serving a 38-year sentence for assaulting an 11-year-old girl who later recanted her testimony. The Roanoke Times reports there was no explanation from ...

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