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Imprisoned ex-CIA officer loses appeal of leak conviction

(AP) A former CIA officer convicted of leaking government secrets to a reporter lost a bid to clear his name on Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed all but one of Jeffrey Sterling’s ...

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Judge refuses to toss suit over school’s rape response

NORFOLK (AP) A federal judge has denied a bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Old Dominion University of mishandling its response to a woman’s reported sexual assault. U.S. District Judge Henry Morgan Jr. on Thursday denied ODU’s request to toss ...

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Leesburg man charged with giving secret documents to China

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Leesburg man caught with $16,500 in cash in his carry-on luggage was charged Thursday with transmitting top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese agent. Kevin Mallory, 60, was arrested Thursday and made an initial appearance in U.S. District ...

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Battle joined in fight over state computer contract

(AP) Virginia’s state information technology agency is suing Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for $300 million in a case related to the state’s attempt to end its long-running IT contract with the aerospace and defense giant. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency ...

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Court of Appeals denies appeal of ex-officer

(AP) A former Portsmouth police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed teen has lost an appeal. Portsmouth’s prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the Court of Appeals of Virginia denied the petition for appeal. Stephen Rankin was convicted ...

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Lawyers urge governor to halt inmate’s execution

(AP) Attorneys for a Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life. William Morva’s attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a clemency petition urging the Democratic ...

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Title IX investigation closed at Liberty University

LYNCHBURG (AP) The U.S. Office for Civil Rights is closing a Title IX investigation at Liberty University, saying it lacks jurisdiction over an off-campus sex assault allegation against a university employee. In a June 15 letter to university President Jerry ...

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Norfolk’s Parker is new president of VWAA

Norfolk lawyer Michelle Parker is the new president of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She took office June 17, succeeding Joan C. McKenna, who practices in Richmond. The VWAA hosts eight chapters throughout Virginia — in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Loudoun County, ...

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Doss honored by ODBA

Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services director Karl A. Doss has been named the 2017 recipient of the Harold Marsh Sr. Community Service Award by the Old Dominion Bar Association. VSB executive director Karen A. Gould noted that, since joining ...

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Lawyer urges statewide public defender office (access required)

A Richmond attorney and blogger is proposing an “umbrella organization” to advocate for a statewide public defender system in Virginia. Elwood E. “Sandy” Sanders Jr. argues that Virginia has the resources to bring a more unified system to what is ...

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