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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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Ex-prison employees charged in gang case

(AP) Federal authorities say they’ve disrupted a gang that was selling drugs inside Virginia state prisons. Federal law enforcement officials said Friday they’ve charged 20 members of the Mad Stone Bloods with racketeering and other charges. Prosecutors say three members ...

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Jury finds against Rolling Stone in rape story

(AP) A federal jury on Friday found Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator who sued them for $7.5 million over a discredited story about gang rape at a fraternity house. The 10-member ...

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Deliberations to continue in Rolling Stone trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Jurors will return to court Thursday to continue deliberations in the $7.5 million defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its retracted story about a brutal gang rape. Local media organizations report that jurors went home Wednesday without ...

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Court likely to divvy $1 million settlement

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A court will likely have to decide who gets a $1 million settlement from Portsmouth over the death of a teen shot by police. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the victim is survived by his parents and eight half-siblings. ...

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Task force to combat human trafficking

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Officials are creating a task force to help combat human trafficking in Hampton Roads. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said the task force will be established with a $1.45 million federal grant. The task force will seek ...

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McAuliffe announces new website to fight opioid abuse

(AP) Virginia state government has a new website designed to help battle opioid and heroin addiction. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday the creation of VaAware.com , which he said was an informational tool for the public, health care practitioners and ...

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Attorneys make final pitch in Rolling Stone trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Making their final pitches to jurors, attorneys in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine sparred in court Tuesday over whether the writer of a botched article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia was ...

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Fairfax lawyers vote on judge candidates (access required)

Ten lawyers are on the ballot as Fairfax bar members vote to recommend a choice for an anticipated circuit court vacancy. The vacancy is expected due to the planned December retirement of Judge David S. Schell. The candidates for the ...

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Civil rights pioneer accepts inaugural award in her honor (access required)

Retired civil rights lawyer Frankie Muse Freeman, who will turn 100 years old this month, has been awarded the first of an on-going award named in her honor from the Virginia State Bar. The annual Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro ...

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