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4th Circuit: North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a North Carolina law requiring photo identification to cast in-person ballots was enacted “with discriminatory intent” and must be blocked. An opinion issued by a three-judge panel of the 4th ...

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McDonnell case put on hold after Supreme Court ruling

(AP) A federal appeals court has put former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case on hold to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The high court overturned McDonnell’s corruption conviction in June, saying ...

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Man convicted of capital murder in trooper’s death

DINWIDDIE (AP) A man has been convicted of capital murder in the 2013 shooting of a Virginia state trooper. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Russell E. Brown III of Chesterfield County was convicted Thursday in the death of Master ...

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Bar proposes duty to address impaired lawyers

A Virginia State Bar committee is seeking comment on the duty of law firm leaders to take action when another firm lawyer shows signs of impairment. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is proposing a legal ethics opinion calling ...

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For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom only days away

WASHINGTON (AP) For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg. On Wednesday, a judge finalized John Hinckley ...

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Attorney charged with sexual battery (access required)

Longtime Warrenton lawyer Jud A. Fischel has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. The town police chief said the charge resulted from allegations by clients of Fischel’s law practice. Fishel, 68, was served with a summons for an Aug. 22 ...

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Officer’s trial exposes fault lines over police shootings

PORTSMOUTH (AP) It’s a familiar story: an unarmed black male killed at the hands of a white law enforcement officer. But it didn’t take place in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, or any of the other cities most recently at the center ...

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GOP leaders urge feds to dismiss McDonnell case

(AP) Top Virginia Republicans have asked the U.S. Justice Department to stop trying to convict former Gov. Bob McDonnell of corruption. House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch ...

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Comments sought on COA fee hike (access required)

The Judicial Council of Virginia is asking for comments on a proposed increase in fees for commissioners of accounts. A decline in the use of probate procedures prompted a council committee to recommend an across-the-board 10-percent boost for commissioners’ fees. ...

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Anne Holton resigns as secretary of education

(AP) Anne Holton, wife of vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine, has resigned as Virginia’s Secretary of Education. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced July 26 that Anne Holton stepped down from the cabinet-level post because her husband had been picked to be Hillary Clinton’s ...

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