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Maureen McDonnell: Corruption trial was unfair

(AP) Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s legal team said in court filings Monday that her convictions on several public corruption charges are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and that she did not receive a fair trial ...

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Group asks court to halt Sweet Briar closure

AMHERST (AP) Another legal complaint has been filed seeking to halt the closure of Sweet Briar College. The complaint alleges breach of contract against the private women’s college and President James Jones. The complaint also alleges interference by Jones. A ...

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Second settlement in the works in prescription fraud case

Three years after a major drug manufacturer agreed to pay $1.5 billion to resolve claims it promoted an anti-seizure drug for unapproved purposes, government lawyers are close to settling with another company accused of helping the illicit promotion. The whistleblower ...

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Falsified documents lead to lawyer’s 18-month suspension

A Northern Virginia lawyer has agreed to both disbarment in Washington and an 18-month suspension in Virginia in separate proceedings. The Virginia discipline of Karen G. Loulakis of Great Falls is based on her admission that she notarized and back-dated ...

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ABC arrest powers under scrutiny

(AP) A Virginia alcohol-law enforcement agency that has sparked public outrage over two high-profile arrests has investigated three complaints of excessive use of force by its officers in the last five years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press ...

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Lawmakers approve $100 per year gift cap

(AP) Virginia lawmakers passed new gift limits Friday that will make it much more difficult for them to be wined and dined by deep-pocketed lobbyists. Part of a wide-ranging ethics reform legislation passed includes a $100-a-year cap on gifts, including ...

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Ex-detective: Man convicted in ‘Norfolk Four’ murder had crush on victim

(AP) One of four ex-sailors who claim they falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder quickly became the prime suspect when police learned that he was romantically obsessed with the victim, a former Norfolk detective said Friday. Maureen Evans ...

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Opponents cheer ruling on James River transmission line

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that local approval is required for a key element of a proposed high-rise electrical transmission line over a historic section of the James River. Opponents celebrated the decision, but stopped short of ...

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Judge weighs lawsuit filed by deaf inmate at Arlington jail

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Deaf inmates should be given regular access to sign language interpreters when needed, lawyers argued Thursday in a lawsuit over one inmate’s six-week stay at a county jail. Ethiopian immigrant Abreham Zemedagegehu sued the Arlington County sheriff and ...

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Virginia lawmakers put off vote limiting lobbyist gifts

(AP) Virginia lawmakers delayed a vote on ethics reform legislation Wednesday over concerns the measure could be interpreted as putting a $100 lifetime limit on gifts to public officials from lobbyists and others who have financial interests with the state. ...

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