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Lawsuit questions Taser use by officer (access required)

A federal lawsuit claims a Fairfax County police officer acted without provocation when he fired a stun gun at the back of a disabled man who had his hands on a police car. The Taser incident – caught on a ...

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Lawyer who misled client is suspended (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer who gave a client false information about his work on her case – and then blamed the lapses on a mysterious former office volunteer – has been suspended for 21 months. Christopher D. Parrott of Manassas ...

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Medical examiner: Judge found dead in office shot himself

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Officials say a Virginia circuit judge found dead in his office on New Year’s Day shot himself. Prince George County police said emergency crews discovered 60-year-old Judge Nathan Curtis Lee dead in his office at the county ...

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Report: Perriello making surprise run for governor

(AP) Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello is set to make a surprise entrance into the Virginia governor’s race, according to two Democratic operatives with direct knowledge of Perriello’s plan. Perriello is set to announce his plan to seek the Democratic ...

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Judge keeps man in jail on aiding terror charge

NORFOLK  (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that a Virginia man must remain in jail until trial on a charge that he tried to aid a terrorist group in Iraq, while his public defender argued that he was “entrapped” ...

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Colgan, longest-serving member of Va. Senate, dies

(AP) Charles J. Colgan, a Prince William County Democrat who was the longest-serving member of the Virginia Senate, has died, his daughter says. Mary C. Finnigan told The Washington Post that her father died Tuesday at a hospice center in ...

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Lawyers seek to halt execution to challenge drugs

(AP) Attorneys for a condemned Virginia inmate are asking a federal judge to halt his scheduled execution so they can challenge the state’s plan to use drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson heard arguments Tuesday ...

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Governor proposes criminal justice reforms

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants Virginia to be more forgiving when it comes to lower-level crimes while making it easier for new DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. “As I always say, second chances matter,” McAuliffe said at a ...

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County creates domestic violence review team after 2 deaths

GLOUCESTER (AP) Officials in Gloucester County are creating a new Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team following two deaths. The Daily Press reports the Gloucester team will try to reduce fatalities whether they’re homicides or suicides. In two separate incidents in ...

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Judge found dead in Prince George County courthouse

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Authorities in Prince George County say no foul play is suspected in the death of a Virginia circuit court judge found dead in his office. The Prince George County Police Department said emergency crews were called Sunday ...

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