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Court tightens use of sealed documents (access required)

Eastern District federal judges have revised their rules to raise the bar for filing of documents under seal. Under a new version of Local Civil Rule 5, the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ...

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University dean suing Rolling Stone seeks text messages

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Lawyers for a University of Virginia dean who’s suing Rolling Stone magazine are asking a judge to force the subject of a debunked article about an alleged gang rape on campus to reveal text messages and other communications ...

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Lawyer sentenced in slaying of his mother (access required)

A Blacksburg attorney has accepted a sentence of between 16 and 20 years for the shooting death of his mother at her North Carolina home. Evidence suggested William H. Yongue IV killed his mother to prevent her from reporting his ...

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Norfolk official indicted on public corruption charges

NORFOLK (AP) Norfolk’s city treasurer took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and received home renovations and high-end appliances from a developer in exchange for helping the company obtain approval for projects, according to an indictment unsealed Friday. Most ...

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Judges pick new congressional map

(AP) A federal court has picked a new congressional map for Virginia that significantly changes the racial makeup of two districts and could help Democrats pick up a seat. But the new map could be short lived if the U.S. ...

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‘Involuntary intoxication’ defense planned in lawyer attack

MCLEAN (AP) Attorneys for a man charged with attacking a lawyer and his wife say they plan to use a rare involuntary intoxication defense — arguing that his mental state at the time of the offense resulted from the use ...

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Court affirms man’s convictions for threatening ex-wife

(AP) A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and nearly eight-year prison sentence of a Roanoke man who threatened to have his ex-wife beaten. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against avowed ...

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Lawyer’s accounting faults bring 5-month suspension (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer has agreed to a five-month license suspension for failing to properly handle and account for client money. With the agreed suspension, the Virginia State Bar dropped an allegation that attorney James A. Thurman committed conversion of ...

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Electric rate review freeze law facing possible challenge

(AP) A new law that suspends regulatory reviews of Dominion Virginia Power’s rates for several years faces a possible constitutional challenge as critics contend it could net the electric monopoly more than $1 billion in excessive profits. The Virginia Committee ...

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Deeds sues state over son’s death

(AP) A Virginia state senator whose son stabbed him multiple times before fatally shooting himself has filed a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit against the state and a mental health agency. Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath County claims in ...

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