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Feds probing jail conditions following deaths

NORFOLK (AP) The Justice Department on Monday said it will investigate a Virginia jail after the deaths of two inmates and criticism of health care services continued to mount from state officials and civil rights groups. The department said in ...

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Execution costs spike; state pays pharmacy $66K

(AP) Virginia prison officials have paid a secret compounding pharmacy $66,000 to obtain lethal injection drugs for its next two executions — roughly 63 times last year’s going price for the state’s three-drug lethal injection package. Like other states, Virginia ...

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Businessman gets life for wife’s death

LEESBURG (AP) A northern Virginia businessman convicted of murder in his estranged wife’s 2014 death has been sentenced to life in prison plus 16 years. Media outlets report a Loudoun County Circuit Court judge handed down the sentence Friday to former ...

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City official convicted of taking developers’ bribes

NORFOLK (AP) A federal jury on Friday convicted a Norfolk official of taking bribes to help businessmen working on development projects, including a proposed gentlemen’s club. But Treasurer Anthony Burfoot still plans to go to work Monday and “not abandon ...

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Appeals court considers combatant immunity

(AP) The prosecution of a former Russian military officer accused of leading a Taliban attack on American forces is a radical departure from the U.S.’s long practice of treating fighters as enemy combatants instead of criminals, the man’s attorney argued ...

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Send in your large verdicts from 2016

Virginia Lawyers Weekly will be publishing its Largest Verdicts of 2016 edition on Jan. 16, 2017. If you have received a verdict of $1,000,000 or more this year, be sure you report it to us for the verdict to appear ...

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‘Norfolk Four’ seek pardons from governor

(AP) Four former sailors who have long claimed that police coerced them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and murder have asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to formally declare that they are innocent, their attorneys said Thursday. The request for ...

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Judge stays action on Rolling Stone verdict

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Enforcement of a jury’s decision in a defamation case against Rolling Stone has been put on hold while a judge considers the magazine’s challenge to the verdict. Jurors found in November that the magazine, its publisher and a ...

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VBA to move to larger offices

The Virginia Bar Association is moving to more spacious accommodations. The VBA’s new office and member center will be on the ninth floor of the Bank of America Center between Main and Cary Streets in downtown Richmond. At least half ...

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Man charged with wife’s 2014 poison murder

VERONA (AP) A Virginia man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who died from ingesting antifreeze in 2014. Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith announced the charge Tuesday against 68-year-old David E. Vatter of Verona, ...

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