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Judge removes bar on releasing officer’s name

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge is no longer barring Fairfax County police from releasing the name of an officer who fatally shot a man following a standoff in Herndon. A hearing on the issue had been scheduled for Thursday in Alexandria ...

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Judge blocks felon gun permits (access required)

A Wise County judge has refused to restore the gun rights of two convicted felons, questioning in one case whether the petitioner’s civil rights were properly restored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The case raises what may be the first challenge ...

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Ex-mayor in meth-for-sex sting no longer fighting charge

FAIRFAX (AP) The former mayor of the city of Fairfax, a suburban Virginia community near Washington, is no longer fighting a criminal charge that he tried to trade drugs for sex last year. R. Scott Silverthorne waived his right to ...

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GOP moves to fire watchdog over inmate death case

(AP) Virginia Republicans moved Wednesday to effectively fire the state’s top watchdog, citing her handing of an investigation into the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate who was jailed for stealing $5 worth of junk food. The GOP-controlled House ...

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Legislature takes up criminal discovery reform (access required)

A criminal discovery reform proposal rejected by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2015 could emerge from the General Assembly this year, but it likely will have to survive a legislative panel that already killed a similar measure. The state Senate ...

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Burnett to retire as JIRC Counsel (access required)

The state’s enforcer of judicial ethics is stepping down this year. Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission Counsel Katherine B. Burnett has confirmed that she will retire at the end of the year. The seven-member, constitutionally mandated commission presides over an agency ...

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Judge allows pipeline surveys to proceed

LOVINGSTON (AP) A judge has ruled against 29 Nelson County landowners who were seeking to keep Atlantic Coast Pipeline surveyors off their property. The Nelson County Times reports Circuit Judge Michael Garrett issued his decision after hours of arguments Monday. ...

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Judge bars police from identifying officer in fatal shooting

HERNDON (AP) A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order barring Fairfax County police from publicly identifying an officer involved in a fatal shooting. Court documents show the judge in U.S. District Court in Alexandria granted the order Monday ...

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Senate approves liability for sanctuary cities

(AP) Virginia communities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities could be sued over crimes committed by people living in the country illegally under a measure the state Senate approved Monday. The bill designed to crack down on so-called sanctuary ...

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McDonnell resumes law practice

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has returned to practicing law. Within the past couple of weeks, the former governor rejoined the Virginia Beach law firm of Poole, Brooke and Plumlee, The Virginian-Pilot reports. McDonnell previously worked at ...

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