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Advocates say proposed parole fix would have little impact

(AP) Advocates for Virginia’s prisoners say a bill aimed at helping inmates who may have been given inflated sentences would have little impact. Lawmakers have been wrestling with what to do about a group of inmates who were possibly unfairly ...

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Judge approves $1.5M in fees in prisoner health case (access required)

The state has agreed to pay $1.5 million to lawyers who sued to force improvements in medical care for women prisoners. The federal lawsuit led to reforms including performance monitoring by an outside expert on prison medical care. The suit ...

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University settles ‘false rape’ lawsuit (access required)

Washington & Lee University has settled with a male former student who claimed he was railroaded by the school’s disciplinary process and expelled after a female student falsely accused him of rape. The terms of the settlement were said to ...

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Legislators support allowing minor offenses to be erased

(AP) A bill that’s getting bipartisan support in the General Assembly would allow people who had minor alcohol or marijuana possession offenses when they were under the age of 21 to have their records expunged. Under Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle’s ...

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Details of Blacksburg killing emerge at bond hearing

BLACKSBURG (AP) Natalie Keepers told a judge that she was bullied — just like the 13-year-old girl she is accused of plotting to kill. And like seventh-grader Nicole Lovell, the 19-year-old Virginia Tech student had endured health challenges, though Keepers’ ...

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Appeals court orders judge to reconsider Md. gun law ruling

(AP) Maryland’s assault weapons ban implicates its citizens’ core Second Amendment rights and must be reviewed under a more rigorous judicial standard than the one used by a judge who upheld the law’s constitutionality, a divided federal appeals court ruled ...

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Lacking execution drugs, Virginia eyes the electric chair

(AP) A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can’t be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month. State officials are frantically searching ...

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Guy to lead VBA, Thomas goes on ladder

WILLIAMSBURG–Richmond lawyer James Patrick Guy II became president of the Virginia Bar Association at the group’s winter meeting in late January. David S. Mercer, who practices in Alexandria, will be president-elect in the coming year. And C.J. Steuart Thomas III ...

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Proposal would cap state contingency fees (access required)

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is leading an effort to limit contingency fees that private lawyers recover when they sue in the name of the state. The state Senate last month approved the measure that also would require public disclosure ...

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