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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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Prosecutors: Ex-Virginia first lady ‘full player’ in scheme

(AP) Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell was a “full player” in a bribery scheme with her husband and an appeals court should reject her request to overturn her corruption convictions just like it did for him, federal prosecutors said ...

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Prosecutor will not bring charges in inmate’s death

McLEAN (AP) Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh said Tuesday he will not bring criminal charges against jail deputies who used a Taser on a partially restrained inmate who later died, calling the death a “tragic accident.” In a 51-page ...

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Review of debunked U.Va. gang rape to remain under wraps

(AP) An independent review of the University of Virginia’s handling of a student’s gang rape allegations, graphically depicted in Rolling Stone magazine and later retracted, will not be publicly released because of student privacy concerns. In an email from the ...

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GOP sees no deal for Roush

With only days remaining on her temporary appointment as a Virginia Supreme Court justice, the political winds show little signs of change for Jane Marum Roush. While Gov. Terry McAuliffe stands firm on his plan to reappoint her – despite ...

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LINC honors Flax as Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

The Legal Information Network for Cancer awarded Richmond attorney Robert L. Flax with its Krista Latshaw Pro Bono Award. The award is presented each year to one of LINC’s volunteer attorneys who has provided pro bono services to numerous cancer ...

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Jury deadlocks in 4th trial of Danville discrimination case

After two-and-a-half weeks of trial, and three prior trials over four years, the effort to resolve a contractor’s discrimination claims has again ended in frustration in Danville federal court. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial Wednesday for the case ...

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3 charged with impeding probe of sisters’ murder get lawyers

BEDFORD (AP) Three people charged with impeding the investigation of the 1975 slayings of two Maryland sisters have obtained legal representation in Virginia. Leslie Engleking is charged with perjury. Gladys Stangee and Amy Johnson are charged with obstruction of justice. ...

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Herring to run for re-election as attorney general

(AP)  Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday he will seek another four-year term as Virginia’s top attorney rather than pursue the governor’s mansion, helping to clear a path for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam to secure the Democratic nomination in 2017. ...

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Judge says he’ll sign off on Patriot Coal asset sale

(AP) A bankruptcy judge has told Patriot Coal that it can sell its remaining assets at auction. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Keith Phillips said on Monday at a hearing in Richmond that he would sign off on Patriot holding an auction ...

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