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Noose display not protected as free speech (access required)

The Court of Appeals of Virginia refused to overturn the conviction of a Franklin County man who displayed a black-colored mannequin hanging from a noose in his front yard. Jack Turner was sentenced to 6 months in jail for a ...

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Lawyer convicted in home invasion gives up license (access required)

A former Virginia lawyer who helped her husband carry out a vicious attack on attorney Leo Fisher and his wife at their McLean home has given up her law license. Alecia M. Schmuhl had worked at Fisher’s firm, but was ...

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Child at center of brain death dispute dies

(AP) A 2-year-old Virginia girl whose parents went to court to block a hospital from performing a brain death test on the child has died, the hospital said Monday. Mirranda Grace Lawson passed away Nov. 1, said Michael Porter, a ...

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Racial code words tainted death sentence, court rules

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) A black South Carolina man should be released from death row because a prosecutor’s “racially coded references” made a fair sentencing before an all-white jury impossible, according to a ruling issued Monday by a panel of appellate ...

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Republican candidate for attorney general drops out

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker has unexpectedly dropped out of the running to be the Republican nominee for attorney general next year. Rob Bell, who many considered a frontrunner to be the GOP nominee, said Monday he’s leaving the race for ...

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Overdose antidote now available for all

(AP) Virginia is now allowing anyone in the state to buy naloxone, an opioid overdose treatment drug, without a prescription. Health Commissioner Marissa Levine issued the order Monday allowing the change, while also declaring the state’s growing opioid addiction problem ...

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Execution date set in family slaying case

(AP) A man sentenced to death in the slaying of a well-known Richmond family of four nearly 11 years ago is scheduled to be executed in January. Ricky Gray was convicted of killing Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, ...

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Deaf inmate case settles for $250,000

McLEAN (AP) The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office is implementing new procedures to accommodate deaf inmates after reaching a $250,000 civil settlement with a former inmate who said he was unable to communicate effectively during a weekslong incarceration. Abreham Zemedagegehu, a ...

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Harvey family killer to get execution date

(AP) Virginia is preparing to set an execution date for a man sentenced to death in the New Year’s Day 2006 slaying of a Richmond family. Attorneys will hold a hearing Monday via teleconference with Richmond Circuit Court Judge Beverly Snuckals ...

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Moss to chair lobby arm of Community Associations Institute

The Community Associations Institute has elected Norfolk attorney Jeremy Moss chair of the CAI Virginia Legislative Action Committee. Moss had been serving as vice chair of the committee. CAI provides resources to homeowners who govern community associations and the professionals ...

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