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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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Judge dismisses part of Rolling Stone suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has dismissed part of a University of Virginia administrator’s $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine. The Daily Progress reports that Judge Glen Conrad dismissed Nicole Eramo’s claim that the overall implication of the 2014 ...

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‘Norfolk Four’ to ask governor to declare them innocent

(AP) Two former sailors whose rape and murder convictions were tossed by a federal judge plan to ask Virginia’s governor to formally declare that they are innocent. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. on Monday overturned the convictions of ...

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Morrissey vows to keep campaigning amid sex allegations

(AP) A Richmond mayoral candidate and ex-Virginia lawmaker who was jailed last year in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old girl vowed Saturday to continue campaigning after being accused of making sexual advances and sending explicit text messages to a ...

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Publisher disagreed with rape story retraction

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Rolling Stone magazine publisher and co-founder Jann Wenner said in a video deposition that he disagreed with a top editor’s decision to retract an entire article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity after the ...

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Supreme Court to rule in Gloucester transgender case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school. The ...

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Lawyer disciplined for drinking incidents gets 3-year suspension (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who failed to follow through with a rehabilitation program after twice being disciplined for appearing in public after drinking now has to give up his law license for three years. The Reston attorney was reprimanded in 2011 ...

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Some face fewer choices, or none, under Affordable Care Act

NORFOLK (AP) Virginians will face fewer choices — or none at all — when buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Starting next year, only one insurer will sell the coverage in 28 of Virginia’s independent cities or counties, ...

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