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Woman charged in toddler’s death not competent for trial

(AP) A judge has ruled that a woman charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a toddler is not competent to stand trial. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that defense attorney Leonard McCall requested an evaluation of 25-year-old Danielle ...

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Discrimination suit against Catholic home resolved

(AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former administrator of a Catholic assisted living facility who said he was fired for his sexual orientation. The judge dismissed the suit Monday after the plaintiff, John Murphy, made ...

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McAuliffe says he’s restored voting rights to 60,000

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s restored voting and other civil rights to more than 60,000 felons since taking office. The Democratic governor made the comments Wednesday during an interview on WTOP radio. That means McAuliffe has restored voting rights ...

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Prosecutors paddle for a cause (access required)

Three Southwest Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys will compete in a kayak race Saturday to help raise awareness of domestic violence prevention efforts. October is annually designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Advocates across the nation will spotlight efforts to curb physical ...

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Law firm honored for pro bono work (access required)

The Harrisonburg law firm of Hoover Penrod PLC is the winner of this year’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. The firm was nominated for the award by John Whitfield, executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services Inc., and ...

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Attorneys clash over what happened before officer killed man

NORFOLK (AP) Attorneys clashed in court Tuesday over whether a white police officer used excessive force when he shot and killed a mentally ill black man who was holding a knife. During opening statements for the officer’s manslaughter trial, prosecutor ...

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Attorney: Lawmaker denies assault allegations, won’t resign

(AP) An attorney for a Virginia lawmaker says her client did not assault family members in his home and won’t resign from office. Media outlets report that attorney Nicole Belote said in a statement Tuesday that state Del. Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, ...

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Judge: ‘Norfolk 4’ defendants are innocent

(AP) Two former sailors convicted of rape and murder nearly two decades ago are innocent, a federal judge said Monday, adding that “no sane human being” could find the men guilty. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. said in ...

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McAuliffe announces money for new gun law

(AP) Three local sheriffs’ offices in Virginia are set to receive about $160,000 in federal funding in return for accepting firearms from people subject to permanent protective orders. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announced the grants Monday, saying they would go to ...

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Comments split on change in witness impeachment rule (access required)

A proposal that would untie the hands of lawyers surprised by adverse testimony from their own witness garnered a mixed reaction from the Virginia legal community. A prosecutor and a law professor urged an end to Virginia’s strict limit on ...

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