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Prosecutor charged over discovery rule (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has charged a prosecutor with ethical misconduct for allegedly failing to share helpful evidence with a criminal defendant’s attorney. Through her attorney, the prosecutor said she did not know about most of the evidence in question, ...

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Attorney charged with timeshare sales fraud conspiracy

A Williamsburg lawyer has been accused by federal authorities of taking part in a scheme to sell multiple timeshare units to straw buyers, generating transaction fees while forcing units into foreclosure. Deborah M. Wager was named in a criminal information ...

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Suspect in DC mansion slayings fires his defense attorneys

WASHINGTON (AP) A man accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion fired his defense attorneys on Thursday and will once again be represented by public defenders. Daron Wint, 34, made the decision ...

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4th Circuit upholds $237M judgment against SC hospital

(AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a $237 million judgment against a South Carolina hospital in a false Medicare claims case. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Tuomey Healthcare System’s challenge Thursday. ...

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Interim commonwealth’s attorneys take office

As top prosecutors ascend to the bench in both Amherst and Franklin Counties, judges have named former assistant prosecutors as interim commonwealth’s attorneys. In Amherst, Lyle Carver was sworn in Wednesday, The News & Advance reported. He fills the position ...

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4th Circuit revives solitary confinement challenge

(AP) A federal appeals court has revived a South Carolina inmate’s claim that prison officials have violated his due process rights by holding him in solitary confinement for 20 years. In a unanimous ruling Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the ...

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4th Circuit upholds Virginia death sentence

RICHMOND (AP) A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a Virginia inmate who claims he can’t be executed because he is intellectually disabled. In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Saving Sweet Briar makes good, and better, on rescue plan

SWEET BRIAR (AP) The nonprofit group that led the drive to save Sweet Briar College says it has delivered $5 million to the women’s school. Saving Sweet Briar Inc. said it delivered the first installment Tuesday under a mediated rescue ...

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