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Judge: Prosecutors can show jurors Severance’s writings

FAIRFAX (AP) Strange, hate-filled writings advocating murder and class warfare by the man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over roughly a 10-year span can be shown to jurors at his upcoming murder trial, a judge ruled Thursday. Defense lawyers ...

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Jury awards patient $500k after anesthesiologist mocked him

RESTON (AP) From the moment he went under, the wisecracks began. A Virginia man was awarded $500,000 in court after being mocked about his masculinity and insulted by an anesthesiologist during a colonoscopy in 2013. The Washington Post reports the ...

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Lawyer faced sanctions motion in settled case

Settling a personal injury case did not excuse a defense lawyer’s conduct of a deposition, but the judge let the lawyer off with a scolding, instead of discovery sanctions. Although the lawyer violated federal discovery rules, the plaintiff was not ...

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Judge approves Sweet Briar survival plan

A judge Monday approved a deal to keep Sweet Briar College open and end tangled litigation over the future of the rural women’s college. The agreement will both provide money for the next year of operation and create a wholesale ...

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Marijuana debate carries host of issues

VIRGINIA BEACH – “People have been debating marijuana legalization for years in dorm rooms and dinner parties,” observed one of the participants in a Virginia State Bar seminar Friday. That debate got down to details during the two-hour session that ...

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Agreement reached to save Sweet Briar College

A deal to both provide money for the next year of operation and to change the leadership of Sweet Briar College will keep the college open and bring an end to tangled litigation over the school’s future. The rescue plan, ...

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Proposed rule changes aimed at smoothing pro se case administration

A Supreme Court of Virginia committee is asking for comment on proposed rule amendments to reduce court administration snags when litigants have no lawyers. The changes all would affect Rule 1:5 of the Rules of the Supreme Court. The proposed ...

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3 sentenced on federal fraud, kickback counts

ABINGDON (AP) Three people have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a fraud scheme involving a southwest Virginia utility authority. The defendants sentenced Thursday included two former vice presidents at the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority and a ...

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Appeals court revives copyright suit against Bieber, Usher

(AP) A federal appeals court has reinstated a $10 million lawsuit claiming musicians Justin Bieber and Usher copied parts of a song written by two Virginia songwriters. In a unanimous ruling Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Uber sued for millions after assault of teenage girl

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — Ride-sharing provider Uber faces a $2 million lawsuit after authorities say a driver assaulted a teenager in Virginia Beach. WVEC-TV reports Uber and Isagini Marin, the driver, are listed as defendants in a civil suit filed ...

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