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Virginia student sues liquor agents over bloody arrest

(AP) A University of Virginia student filed a $3 million lawsuit Tuesday against the state liquor agents involved in his bloody and highly scrutinized arrest. Martese Johnson, 21, of Chicago filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. It ...

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Lawyers for inmates seek $2M in fees

Lawyers who won medical reforms for Virginia women inmates are asking a federal judge to award them more than $2 million in fees. The attorneys’ fee petition filed Tuesday follows last month’s settlement of the class action lawsuit with the ...

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Judge limits river groups’ role in uranium mining suit

DANVILLE (AP) A federal judge is leaving the door slightly open for two river protection groups to participate in a legal battle over Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. As he said he would, U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser on ...

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Study: Lawyers fighting harder for death-eligible clients

(AP) A law professor says a decline in death sentences in Virginia is at least partly due to more vigorous legal representation during the sentencing phase of capital murder trials. Brandon Garrett of the University of Virginia released results of ...

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Attorney arrested on timeshare fraud charges

Federal authorities have again charged a Williamsburg lawyer with taking part in a scheme to collect fees for selling timeshares to phantom or “straw” purchasers. The alleged scheme was responsible for more than $1.3 million in losses to resorts because ...

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Virginia quietly grants death row inmates new privileges

(AP) Only a few months ago, the condemned men on Virginia’s death row left their tiny cells just three days a week for showers, and an hour a day five days a week for recreation in a fenced outdoor cell. ...

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Ex-treasurer to state senator pleads guilty to embezzling

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former campaign treasurer for Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw has pleaded guilty to her role in three fraud schemes, including embezzling more than $650,000 in campaign funds. Fifty-one-year-old Linda Diane Wallis of Fairfax entered the pleas ...

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Ex-girlfriend testifies against man accused of 3 killings

FAIRFAX (AP) An ex-girlfriend of the man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over the course of a decade testified Tuesday that he harbored a grudge against the court system after losing custody of his child. Charles Severance is on ...

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Virginia school division settles claim stemming from assault

HAMPTON (AP) School officials in Hampton have settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a special needs student who says she was assaulted at Kecoughtan High School in 2013. In March 2014, the student’s parents sued the public schools ...

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