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Lawsuit: Officials use statute to punish homeless

ROANOKE (AP) A legal team is challenging a Virginia statute they say criminalizes homeless alcoholics. The Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit in Roanoke, claiming commonwealth’s attorneys’ offices have used the state’s interdiction ...

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House rejects Roush

(AP) Republican lawmakers formally rejected Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for the Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday, but offered no clue how they intend to get their preferred judge elected to the high court. The GOP-controlled House voted down Justice ...

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Guilty plea ends case of 2 slain students

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A hospital orderly pleaded guilty Wednesday to abducting and killing two Virginia college students, wrapping up a mystery that began in 2009 when one of the women disappeared from a Metallica concert. The other young woman, 18-year-old Hannah ...

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Gustafson is new LeClair CEO (access required)

The Richmond-based firm of LeClairRyan has named C. Erik Gustafson of Alexandria to succeed David Freinberg as chief executive officer. Gustafson was the leader of the firm’s litigation section and previously served as head of the firm’s Alexandria office. His elevation ...

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House leaders reject impeachment for judge (access required)

Leaders of the Virginia House of Delegates say the alleged misbehavior of a Richmond-area judge does not warrant impeachment proceedings and the judge’s limited court schedule may soon be expanded. Three Republican lawyer-legislators met Tuesday with the attorney who represented ...

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Court appoints judges for VW motions (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has named three circuit judges to guide the possible consolidation of Volkswagen “cheating diesel” cases in state courts. Volkswagen’s U.S. subsidiary hopes to transfer current and future state court cases arising from the company’s dirty ...

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