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Parts of confession thrown out in 13-year-old girl’s slaying

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) Some statements that a former Virginia Tech student made to police about the slaying of a 13-year-old girl are being thrown out after a judge cited improper interrogation techniques. The Roanoke Times reports Montgomery County Circuit Judge Robert ...

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Lawyer suspended 2 years for felony conviction (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who pleaded guilty to a making a false statement in bankruptcy filings has lost his law license for two years. A panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the two-year suspension for Scott A. Flanders ...

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Appeals court revives case challenging death row conditions

(AP) A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging conditions on death row in Virginia. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the lower court improperly dismissed the case brought by five ...

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Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

McLEAN (AP) In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil rights group that sought to block the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ...

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Lawyer surrenders license after missed deadlines (access required)

A Norfolk lawyer who dropped the ball on three criminal appeals and stonewalled a Virginia State Bar investigator has agreed to revocation of her law license. Cheryl D. Footman-Banks signed an affidavit saying she could not successfully defend bar charges ...

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Judge rules coal ash site pollutes Virginia water

(AP) Arsenic is illegally flowing out of one of the sites where Virginia’s biggest utility stores coal ash, polluting surrounding waters, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Though U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. found Dominion Virginia Power had violated federal ...

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Judge sharply limits coverage in Huguely damages case (access required)

In a pair of rulings, a Maryland federal judge has slashed the amount of possible insurance coverage for the family of a University of Virginia student who died in 2010 after a scuffle with her former boyfriend, fellow student George ...

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Lawyers donate fees, fund fellowship (access required)

Two Virginia consumer lawyers have agreed to give up their fees in a credit reporting class action settlement to pay for a legal aid consumer law fellowship aimed at struggling immigrants. The donation of $193,930 will fund a two-year fellowship ...

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Trump lawyers ask court to move quickly on travel ban appeal

(AP) Donald Trump’s administration is asking a U.S. court to quickly hear its appeal of a ruling that blocked the president’s revised travel ban. Lawyers for the president filed a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in ...

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Man in same-sex child custody case gets 3 years in prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple’s child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Philip Zodhiates of Waynesboro drove Lisa Miller and 7-year-old ...

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