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Comments requested on rule for special court dockets

The Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking comment on a second version of a proposed rule to govern creation of special court dockets. An earlier draft of the rule sparked concern that any expansion of special dockets – including so-called ...

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Rolling Stone reporter pressed about errors in rape story

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The author of a now-retracted Rolling Stone article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia acknowledged Thursday that she made mistakes while reporting the story of the woman identified only as “Jackie.” Sabrina Rubin Erdely ...

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Free speech group objects to ‘group defamation’ ban (access required)

A First Amendment advocacy group is urging a federal judge to rule that a ban on “group defamation” for speakers at Charlottesville City Council meetings is unconstitutional. The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has asked U.S. ...

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Voter registration deadline extended through Friday

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has granted a brief extension of Virginia’s voter-registration deadline after heavy demand prevented some voters from registering online. U.S. Senior Judge Claude Hilton ordered officials to reopen voter registration in the commonwealth immediately on Thursday ...

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Sex sting operation yields 16 arrests

(AP) Federal authorities say more than a dozen people have been arrested in central Virginia as part of a sting operation targeting underage human trafficking. FBI officials said 16 people in Richmond, Winchester and surrounding counties including Henrico and Chesterfield ...

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Video of Rolling Stone reporter considered

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge was considering on Wednesday whether the jury in a University of Virginia administrator’s defamation suit against Rolling Stone should be able to watch a video in which the reporter who wrote a now-discredited story about ...

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Ex-prosecutor reprimanded for secret affair (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has reprimanded a former Georgia federal prosecutor with a Virginia law license for failing to disclose a five-year affair with a federal detective. Exposure of the relationship undermined the outcome of three criminal cases, according to ...

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Collections firm sued by apartment dwellers (access required)

Five apartment tenants have sued a Hampton law firm claiming violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The suit in Charlottesville federal court claims Senex Law PC uses deceptive practices to collect on delinquent rent claims. The five ...

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Pharmacy to pay $28M to settle kickback claims (access required)

The nation’s largest nursing home pharmacy has agreed to pay $28.125 million to resolve allegations in Virginia federal court that it solicited and received kickbacks in exchange for promoting a prescription drug for nursing home patients. The settlement announced Monday ...

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Rolling Stone defamation trial over rape article begins

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The woman who claimed she was gang raped in a now-discredited story in Rolling Stone magazine said the University of Virginia dean who counseled her after she came forward about her alleged assault “did everything right,” an attorney ...

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