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Case raises questions of fairness in executing mentally ill

(AP) William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. In the years leading up to the killings, Morva began sleeping in the woods, showed ...

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Charity website sued over hate group labels

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A Florida-based legal advocacy organization is suing over a “hate group” label that it and other nonprofits received on a website that maintains a database of information about U.S. charities. Liberty Counsel Inc. filed a federal lawsuit ...

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Justices to weigh police use of license plate data

(AP) Virginia’s highest court will consider a challenge to a police practice of retaining data from automated license plate readers. The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Fairfax County, where ...

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Appeals court stays new sentencing for DC sniper

(AP)  A federal appeals court is temporarily blocking an order that would grant new sentencing hearings to convicted sniper Lee Malvo. The Virginia attorney general’s office said Friday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has issued ...

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Imprisoned ex-CIA officer loses appeal of leak conviction

(AP) A former CIA officer convicted of leaking government secrets to a reporter lost a bid to clear his name on Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed all but one of Jeffrey Sterling’s ...

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Judge refuses to toss suit over school’s rape response

NORFOLK (AP) A federal judge has denied a bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Old Dominion University of mishandling its response to a woman’s reported sexual assault. U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan Jr. on Thursday denied ODU’s request to toss ...

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Leesburg man charged with giving secret documents to China

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Leesburg man caught with $16,500 in cash in his carry-on luggage was charged Thursday with transmitting top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese agent. Kevin Mallory, 60, was arrested Thursday and made an initial appearance in U.S. District ...

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Battle joined in fight over state computer contract

(AP) Virginia’s state information technology agency is suing Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for $300 million in a case related to the state’s attempt to end its long-running IT contract with the aerospace and defense giant. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency ...

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Court of Appeals denies appeal of ex-officer

(AP) A former Portsmouth police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed teen has lost an appeal. Portsmouth’s prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the Court of Appeals of Virginia denied the petition for appeal. Stephen Rankin was convicted ...

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Lawyers urge governor to halt inmate’s execution

(AP) Attorneys for a Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life. William Morva’s attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a clemency petition urging the Democratic ...

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