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Virginia revokes license plates featuring Confederate flag

DANVILLE (AP) Virginia has revoked specialty license plates featuring a Confederate battle flag after a federal judge dissolved an injunction allowing the image. The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office ...

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No insanity defense for accused in Alexandria murder trial

FAIRFAX (AP) Defense lawyers for a man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span say their client suffers from schizophrenia, but they are not going to make an insanity defense, despite a long history of bizarre behavior ...

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Male student can sue W&L for Title IX bias

A Washington & Lee male college student can sue the university for gender bias under Title IX for expelling him on a finding of sexual misconduct. Suing as John Doe, the student alleged W&L felt pressure to act, as several ...

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4th Circuit: Warrant needed for cellphone location data

(AP) Police must get a search warrant to obtain records about cellphone locations in criminal investigations, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union said the decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Federal judges reject GOP request to delay special session

(AP) A panel of judges has rejected Republican requests to delay an upcoming special legislative session called to draw new congressional boundaries in Virginia. The panel ruled 2-1 Wednesday that it was not going to extend a Sept. 1 deadline ...

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Jury: Jogger owes $300K for making U-turn in front of cyclist

ROANOKE (AP) A jogger who abruptly turned around in front of a cyclist on the Roanoke River Greenway has been ordered to pay $300,000. The Roanoke Times reports a Roanoke City Circuit Court jury last month determined that 62-year-old jogger William ...

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Va. GOP leaders favor Alston over Roush for Supreme Court

Newly named Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush could be unseated within months at the hands of Republican legislators dismayed they weren’t consulted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on on his interim appointment. The House and Senate Republican caucuses will ...

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AG opinion paves way for governor to revoke McDonnell’s pension

(AP) Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor, according to a legal opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Mark Herring. A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, ...

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Judge: Virginia can ban future Confederate license plates

DANVILLE (AP) Virginia can ban the Confederate flag from specialty license plates the state issues in the future, a federal judge said Friday, but no decision has been announced on whether existing tags can be revoked.U.S. District Jackson L. Kiser ...

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Lawyer suspended 7 months for prescription fraud conviction (access required)

A lawyer who lied in order to get medication prescribed by two different doctors had his law license suspended for a total of seven months. The case demonstrates that Virginia lawyers face automatic bar suspension even for some misdemeanor convictions. ...

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