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Matthew charged with Harrington murder

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A grand jury has indicted a man already charged with killing a University of Virginia student with the death of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared in 2009. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder ...

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McAuliffe adamant about reappointing Roush

Gov. Terry McAuliffe re-emphasized Tuesday his intention to reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush to a second temporary term on the Supreme Court of Virginia despite the objections of Republican legislative leaders, who renewed warnings about weakened court authority. McAuliffe restated ...

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Federal court hears Virginia death row inmate’s appeal

(AP) A Virginia death row inmate should get an opportunity to show that his trial lawyers failed to present evidence that he was high on PCP when he murdered a Richmond couple and their two young daughters, the prisoner’s lawyers ...

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Group sues over state House and Senate districts

(AP) A third lawsuit was filed on Monday challenging the outcome of Virginia’s 2011 redistricting, claiming lawmakers in both parties are unfairly benefiting from gerrymandered districts. A nonprofit group, OneVirginia2021, backed a lawsuit filed on behalf of several Virginians in ...

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Roanoke settles suit stemming from wreck involving officer

ROANOKE (AP) The city of Roanoke has settled a lawsuit stemming from a traffic accident involving an on-duty police officer. The Roanoke Times reports the city paid $585,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by Helen Cunningham of Roanoke. The lawsuit ...

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Va. Supreme Court drops schedule for opinion release

The Supreme Court of Virginia now will release opinions when they are ready, without waiting for the court’s official sessions, according to an announcement on the court’s website. The court will no longer hold opinions for release during a session ...

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Charges tossed amid claims of prosecutor misconduct (access required)

After defense lawyers argued prosecutors unfairly influenced a grand jury, a Fauquier County judge dismissed seven felony charges against a former attorney accused of misappropriating client money. Prosecutors then withdrew two felony charges of making false statements on tax returns. ...

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Morrissey fighting revival of criminal charges

Even as he steps away from a campaign for the state Senate, former Del. Joseph Morrissey is busy opposing the state’s effort to reinstate felony charges for a maneuver during a plea hearing that prosecutors say smacked of “gamesmanship.” A ...

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Transcript filing time trips up prosecutor

When a trial judge grants a criminal defense lawyer’s motion to suppress evidence, the clock starts running on the commonwealth’s right to appeal that order. A new opinion from the Court of Appeals may have some surprising news about when ...

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Morrissey drops state Senate bid

(AP) A former Virginia lawmaker who, for a time, spent his days at the General Assembly and his nights at a county jail is dropping his campaign for a state Senate race. Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey announced Thursday he’s ...

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