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Ex-lawyer pleads guilty in brutal attack of McLean couple

FAIRFAX (AP) A former lawyer has pleaded guilty after investigators said she orchestrated an interrogation over the phone while her husband tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife inside their home. Thirty-two-year-old Alecia Schmuhl pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated malicious ...

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Court weighs fairness of life sentence for teenage killer

(AP) An attorney for a Virginia man handed life in prison without parole for his murder conviction as a teenager told a federal appeals court Tuesday that the sentence was unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ...

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Man pleads guilty after ‘Supergirl’ foils fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) An Ashburn man whose multiple fraud schemes unraveled in part after he used a Hollywood actress’ photo on a fake passport has pleaded guilty to identity theft and fraud charges. Forty-four-year-old Amit Chaudhry pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal ...

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Man sues smoothie chain over hepatitis A outbreak

WOODBRIDGE (AP) A Virginia man is suing a smoothie shop that he says sold him a beverage contaminated with hepatitis A. The lawsuit against Tropical Smoothie Cafe was filed Tuesday in Prince William County Circuit Court and is one of ...

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Retired judges can still perform marriages (access required)

Many retired Virginia judges play active roles in the state court system, sitting by designation to hear cases. But even a retired judge who has given up all courthouse duties can still perform marriages, the state attorney general says. The ...

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Legal aid office receives $100k grant

The Virginia Legal Aid Society has received a grant of $100,000 from the Obici Healthcare Foundation for VLAS’ Medical Access Project in the cities of Suffolk and Franklin and Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties, the VLAS reported. With the ...

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Wise named deputy commissioner

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has appointed D. Edward Wise Jr. as deputy commissioner at its Lebanon regional office, the commission said. Deputy Commissioner Wise will serve as an administrative law judge for evidentiary and on-the-record hearings under the Virginia ...

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Comp ADR program honored

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has received the inaugural “Innovation Award” by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions for an ADR project. The commission was recognized for “Innovation and Automation of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Virginia,” an ...

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4 sentenced to life for slaying of reserve police officer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Four people convicted in the slaying of a reserve police officer in Virginia have been sentenced to life in prison. News media outlets report that Daniel Mathis was sentenced to life plus 132 years for the death of ...

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Federal court OKs Christian prayers at county board meetings

(AP) Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don’t pressure observers to join in, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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