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GOP warns McAuliffe against reappointing judge

(AP) Virginia Republicans are warning Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe not to reappoint his pick to the Supreme Court of Virginia next month, but GOP leaders aren’t saying what they’ll do if the governor ignores them. GOP House Speaker William J. ...

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LeClairRyan opens Delaware office

The law firm of LeClairRyan has expanded into Delaware, opening an office in downtown Wilmington. The Richmond-based firm now has offices in 14 states and the District of Columbia. The firm has approximately 380 attorneys nationwide. The new office will ...

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Ex-police officer indicted on murder charge in 2013 shooting

FAIRFAX (AP) A former Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man as he stood inside his front door with his hands up in 2013 was indicted Monday on a second-degree murder charge, authorities said. A special ...

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Assembly returns for redistricting, judicial selection

(AP) State lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday for what’s expected to be a contentious fight over congressional redistricting and a Virginia Supreme Court appointment. The fate of the governor’s high court selection is all but certain, but the final ...

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Extra prison time for charter flight plan

Richmond developer Billy Gene Jefferson Jr. agreed to pay nearly $13 million in restitution when he pled guilty to fraud. In fact, he had other plans for what remained of his money while he was free pending sentencing. His failure ...

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Appeals court orders life sentences for 5 Somali pirates

(AP) Five Somali pirates must spend life in prison for waging a mistaken and dramatically unsuccessful attack on a U.S. Navy ship, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ...

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Jurors in Alexandria trial can hear mental illness testimony

FAIRFAX (AP)  Lawyers for a man charged with killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span said Thursday their client is innocent and that his mental illness and paranoia made him the target of unfounded suspicions. At a pretrial hearing, ...

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McDonnell says he will appeal to US Supreme Court

(AP) Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will appeal his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court now that a federal appeals court has rejected his bid for a rehearing, he said Tuesday. But his attorney, Henry W. Asbill, declined ...

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