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Juries in the dark about parole status

(AP) In 1998, the jury deciding LeMar Jamie Anderson’s fate had an important question for the judge: “Do we — in Virginia — have parole?” The answer was no. Virginia had abolished parole in 1995. But Anderson’s jurors would not ...

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Senator: Restore mandatory IOLTA

A state senator who practices law in Loudoun County is proposing to bring back mandatory designation of interest on lawyers’ trust accounts for legal aid programs. Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton, D-Leesburg, has introduced a bill that would repeal Virginia’s 20-year-old ...

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Suit filed in forklift death

ROANOKE (AP) Relatives of a man killed in a forklift accident in Roanoke are suing the equipment’s manufacturer and a distributor. The $10 million lawsuit alleges that the forklift lacked safety features. According to the federal lawsuit, 44-year-old George Demian ...

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Attorneys of officer in murder case ask for change of venue

PORTSMOUTH (AP) The attorneys of a former officer charged in a murder case are asking a judge to move the trial to different jurisdiction. The Virginian-Pilot reports the attorneys of 36-year-old Stephen Rankin argue their client cannot receive a fair ...

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Virginia Beach mayor pleads to 1 conflict charge

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms pleaded no contest on Monday to a misdemeanor charge of violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act. Under a plea agreement, four other misdemeanor conflict of interest charges were dismissed. As part ...

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Virginia grappling with rise of heroin, opioid deaths

NORFOLK (AP) Virginia officials are wrestling with how to curb the continued rise of deaths caused by heroin and prescription opioid overdoses, which they say could top 1,000 next year. Virginia is on pace to have more than 850 such ...

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Court won’t rehear death row inmate’s appeal

(AP) A federal appeals court won’t rehear the case of a man sentenced to death in the New Year’s Day 2006 slaying of a Richmond family. Lawyers for Ricky Jovan Gray had asked the 15-member U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Democrats: Settlement aims to cut wait times at polls

(AP)  The Democratic Party says it has reached a settlement with Virginia officials aimed at reducing long wait times at the polls. The party said in a lawsuit in June that long wait times hamper the right to vote. Under ...

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Virginia ethics panel urges judge screening process

An ethics commission appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe recommends comprehensive evaluation procedures for would-be judges at all levels of Virginia courts. The idea is among a bundle of recommendations to emerge from the panel Tuesday, including a proposal to boost ...

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McAuliffe denies bid to send Soering to Germany

(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rejected an effort to allow a German diplomat’s son and convicted murderer to return to his home country. McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Tuesday that the Democrat has denied the transfer petition submitted by ...

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