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Hassell to discuss cross burning

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Hassell will address the free speech implications of the state’s cross burning statute today at U.Va.. According to the Daily Progress, Hassell will give the presentation at 5 p.m. in the University of Virginia ...

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Portsmouth settles firefighter discrimination lawsuit

The city of Portsmouth has settled with the Justice Department in a lawsuit that claimed a written exam discriminated against African-American firefighter applicants. According to the Justice Department, as of Oct. 7, 2008, Portsmouth employed about 226 firefighters. Just over ...

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Election day clothing charge dropped

Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney George Webb III has decided not to prosecute a woman for wearing a McCain T-shirt to the polls during last November’s election. The American Civil Liberties Union had taken on the case, appointing four lawyers to ...

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‘Open file’ policy prompts new look

A new prosecutor’s “open file” policy opened the door to a new trial for a man convicted of a sex offense. Michael Thorsen Youssef was convicted in 2006 of two offenses, based on a woman’s accusations that he forced himself ...

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