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Charges dismissed in tainted pill prosecution (access required)

The end of a drug conspiracy charge against Les Burns is now official. On the motion of prosecutors, a federal judge has dismissed the case against the Bedford County man who had been convicted of taking part in illicit distribution ...

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AG, feds join to fight human trafficking

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general and federal officials are teaming up to fight human trafficking in the state. Attorney General Mark Herring joined Maria Odom, chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign, in Richmond on Wednesday to announce the ...

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Man charged with soliciting prosecutor’s murder (access required)

A man who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old girl has now been charged with trying to arrange the murders of a prosecutor and three witnesses. Eric Lee Diamond of Radford was indicted July 11 on four charges of solicitation ...

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Wolfe gets 41 years in prison for 2001 murder

MANASSAS (AP) For much of the last 15 years, Justin Wolfe was both a death row inmate and a cause célèbre. His supporters, as well as a federal judge who heard his appeal, believed he was a victim of malicious ...

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Prosecutor sues McAuliffe over felons’ names

(AP) A county prosecutor is suing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to force him to release the names of the felons whose civil rights have been restored. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Loudoun County Circuit Court. ...

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Prosecutors to drop charge after misconduct ruling (access required)

Stung by a federal judge’s finding of prosecutorial misconduct, government lawyers say they do not plan to put an alleged pill pusher on trial a second time. U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon of Lynchburg last week ordered a new ...

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Attorney: Murder trial unsafe for former officer

NORFOLK (AP) The attorney for a former Portsmouth police officer charged with murder says his client’s upcoming trial will be unsafe in the wake of attacks on police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Virginian-Pilot reports that attorney James Broccoletti filed ...

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Lawyer diverted $182,000, bar charges (access required)

An Eastern Shore attorney misappropriated or misspent more than $182,000 of her great uncle’s money, using most of it for personal expenses, according to charges leveled by the Virginia State Bar. A VSB disciplinary subcommittee has certified charges including criminal ...

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Battle over felon voting heads to Va. Supreme Court

(AP) Cheryl Fleming can’t wait to vote in November. The 54-year-old who lives in Fairfax County had her voting rights restored in April by Gov. Terry McAuliffe after losing them in 1989 for forging checks to buy drugs. She has ...

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Crandley charged again by VSB (access required)

Virginia Beach lawyer John G. “Jack” Crandley has again been charged with misconduct by the Virginia State Bar for sharp comments toward his adversaries. Crandley’s license already is on a 90-day suspension that started June 1. He agreed to the ...

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