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Roanoke Valley bars split on endorsements (access required)

Bar associations in the Roanoke Valley have endorsed two Roanoke attorneys for a coming vacancy on the general district bench. The Roanoke Bar Association voted Nov. 8 to endorse Melissa W. Friedman for the seat to be vacated by the ...

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Somali pirates resentenced, 2 get life terms

NORFOLK (AP) Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he cooperated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson issued the life sentences Monday after ...

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90 years for man who killed 3 family members

(AP) A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and his sister at their home last year has been sentenced to 90 years. Local news agencies report 29-year-old Carl V. Hughes IV was sentenced to 150 years in ...

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Justices agree to hear ‘balance billing’ case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to review a case focusing on whether a hospital can bill a patient the full amount of its charges when the hospital is “out-of-network” for the patient. A Henry County judge last year ...

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Lawsuit defends bald eagle home (access required)

A lawsuit in Alexandria federal court is aimed at protecting the nest of a family of bald eagles from the aggravation of nearby construction work. The lawyer for a concerned bird watcher says a federal official broke the rules when ...

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Law school hotline offers voter assistance

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) Students from the William & Mary law school will be running a voter assistance hotline this election day. The school says students will help local citizens in the Tidewater region with any questions they have Tuesday about voting. ...

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Supreme Court denies rehearing in death row case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear the death row case of a man who was convicted of killing a Richmond family of four. The high court denied Ricky Gray’s petition for a rehearing Monday after ...

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Jury awards $3M in Rolling Stone defamation case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Jurors awarded a University of Virginia administrator $3 million Monday for her portrayal in a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about the school’s handling of a brutal gang rape at a fraternity house. The 10-member jury’s decision came ...

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Family wins $1.4M in lawsuit over online harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) A Virginia man and his family have won a $1.4 million judgment in their lawsuit charging he was harassed online so badly that he tried to kill himself. The Washington Post reports a Loudoun County jury last month ...

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No charges for Morrissey

(AP) Richmond mayoral candidate and lawyer Joe Morrissey won’t face criminal charges following allegations he pressured a client for sex. Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said Friday that while what Morrissey did was “wrong and unethical, there will not ...

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