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Court rejects appeals by Norfolk bankers convicted of fraud

(AP) The convictions of three Norfolk bankers found guilty of fraud in the collapse of the Bank of the Commonwealth have been upheld by an appeals court. The Virginian-Pilot reports the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld ...

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Federal judges again strike down Virginia redistricting plan

(AP) A federal court on Friday concluded for the second time that Virginia’s congressional boundaries are unconstitutional because state lawmakers packed black voters into one district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents. In a 2-1 ruling, ...

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Delegate’s defamation suit settled out of court

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia lawmaker’s $5 million defamation lawsuit against his 2013 Republican primary opponent has been settled out of court. The Virginian-Pilot reports that an order dismissing Del. Scott Taylor’s lawsuit was filed last week. Terms of the settlement ...

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Victim at hearing for suspect in sex assault, U.Va. killing

FAIRFAX (AP) A woman who authorities say was sexually assaulted by the same man charged with killing a University of Virginia student came face to face with her alleged attacker in a Fairfax courtroom Thursday. The encounter was brief, and ...

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Virginia court hears appeal of Sweet Briar College closing

(AP) Opponents of the planned closure of Sweet Briar College made a desperate plea Thursday to the Supreme Court of Virginia to temporarily block its shuttering in hopes of saving the 114-year-old women’s institution. But an attorney for the school ...

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Jesse Matthew lawyers seek to ban media at pretrial hearing

FAIRFAX (AP) Lawyers for the man charged with killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham want a judge to ban reporters from a pretrial hearing in a separate case. A victim in a 2005 sexual assault is expected to testify ...

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4th Circuit overturns sentence but only publishes footnote

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated and remanded the sentence of a member of a Maryland-based prison gang charged with multiple counts of murder and racketeering. But the appellate panel’s reasoning in John Adams’ case is unknown ...

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Virginia completes project to digitize, index vital records

(AP) More than 16 million state vital records are now available in electronic format. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced completion of a two-year project to digitize the records Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com collaborated on the project. Scanned images ...

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Supplemental money runs out for court-appointed lawyers

Court-appointed criminal defense lawyers in Virginia are facing five weeks of limited pay as the money allocated for so-called “waiver” payments dried up before the end of the budget year. The General Assembly appropriated $4.2 million for supplemental payments for ...

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Mahoney to step down as UVa law dean

After eight years at the helm of the University of Virginia law school, Dean Paul G. Mahoney has announced he will return to teaching and scholarship next year. Mahoney has presided over a period of financial growth and consistently strong ...

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