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Va. GOP sued over use of photo

The publisher of a Roanoke news website has gone to court a second time to enforce her copyright on a photograph that proved popular with critics of a Roanoke politician. This time, her target is the state Republican Party. In ...

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Man pleads guilty to killing Colonial Heights couple in 2011

COLONIAL HEIGHTS (AP) A November sentencing is set for a man who pleaded guilty to killing a Colonial Heights couple in 2011, avoiding the possibility of a death penalty. Media outlets report that 31-year-old Matthew F. Brady pleaded guilty to ...

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Power outage affected courts Friday afternoon

A power outage in downtown Richmond Friday knocked the Supreme Court’s computer servers offline for about five hours, affecting courts across the state. Some court clerk’s offices closed early when state-supported computer systems went down, while others were essentially unaffected. ...

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Roush has backing of Northern Virginia legislators

Fairfax Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush will bring powerful legislative support with her as she accepts a recess appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia this week. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to name Roush Monday morning to a seat ...

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Law firm settles malpractice lawsuit

A Richmond law firm has settled a claim that its lawyers overlooked a commercial contract loophole that cost a client $2.35 million. The terms of the settlement involving Christian & Barton LLP were not disclosed in court filings, and attorneys ...

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McDonnell asks 4th Circuit to take a second look

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s lawyers are asking the appeals court that upheld his corruption conviction to take another look at his arguments. McDonnell filed a petition for rehearing Friday, asking to present his arguments again to either the same three-judge ...

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Survivor of Alexandria shooting testifies at hearing

FAIRFAX (AP) Between sobs, home health worker Jante Dorcas Franco gave a judge a halting, haunting description of surviving an attack that left another woman, music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, shot dead in her home. “I heard something like a loud ...

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Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called “unprecedented” for a food-poisoning case. The potential life ...

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Lawyer ignored suspension, surrenders license

A Richmond area lawyer who acknowledged that he continued to practice law after receiving a two-year suspension last year has given up his license altogether. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license of Shane L. Jimison June 11 ...

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