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Alexander will be judge for VT lawsuits

Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander has been appointed to hear the two lawsuits filed against the state over the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.  The five judges of the 27th circuit recused themselves because of links with Virginia Tech ...

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Appeals court rejects petition by DC sniper

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today turned thumbs down on the habeas petition of John Allen Muhammad, sentenced to death in Virginia for his role in one of the DC sniper shootings in 2002. Muhammad ...

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Appeals court rejects petition by DC sniper

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today turned thumbs down on the habeas petition of John Allen Muhammad, sentenced to death in Virginia for his role in one of the DC sniper shootings in 2002. Muhammad ...

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‘Actual innocence’ case to be appealed

Attorney General Bill Mims today announced he will ask for review of the Dustin Turner case by the full Court of Appeals. A panel of that court split two-to-one this week in granting a writ of actual innocence for the ...

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Kaine grants conditional pardons

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine conditionally pardoned three men today for their alleged role in the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Norfolk in 1997. The three – Derek Tice, Danial Williams and Joseph Dick Jr. – confessed to the murder, ...

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City manager ‘caught on tape,’ lawsuit claims

A Lynchburg police officer says he got a tongue lashing from the city manager after he spoke out as a citizen at a public hearing on budget issues. Now, the officer is suing for $500,000, saying the manager’s tirade – ...

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One little joke and the whole jury’s out

A West Virginia criminal jury was sent home today – and a trial postponed – after an impatient juror was heard to say, “The longer we sit here, the guiltier he gets.” The defendent is a man accused of crashing ...

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