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Author Archives: The Associated Press

Lawmakers approve ban on ‘gay panic’ defense

(AP) State lawmakers have passed a bill that will ban the use of a person’s perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity as a defense in court for the assault or murder of an LGBTQ person. “It’s done: We’re ...

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Lawmakers say latest parole board documents raise questions

(AP) Virginia lawmakers demanded answers from Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration and the state’s government watchdog agency following a Feb. 23 news report that raised new questions about the state parole board’s handling of the case of a man convicted of ...

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Lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

(AP) State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to legislation that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its long history than any other. The legislation repealing the death penalty ...

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School board asks high court to review transgender policy

GLOUCESTER (AP) A school board in Virginia is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its transgender bathroom ban after rulings by lower courts that the policy is unconstitutional and had discriminated against former student Gavin Grimm. The Gloucester County ...

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Appeal over dictionary use denied in UVa lacrosse slaying

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal judge has rejected an appeal from a former University of Virginia lacrosse player that his 2012 murder conviction should be tossed out because of a claim the jury improperly consulted a dictionary. George Huguely V ...

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Judge dismisses Chase lawsuit over nominating contest

(AP) A judge has ruled against GOP candidate for governor Amanda Chase in her lawsuit over the state Republican party’s unsettled plans for this year’s nominating contest. The ruling leaves the Republican Party of Virginia to continue trying to figure ...

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Lawmakers advance Consumer Data Protection Act

(AP) The General Assembly is advancing legislation that allows Virginia consumers more protection with their online data, though opponents say the measure does not include the ability for people to file private lawsuits against companies that breach the proposed law. ...

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Hiccups as lawmakers adapt to legislating by Zoom

(AP) The coronavirus pandemic is again upending the daily routines of the tradition-bound General Assembly. The body that traces its lineage back more than four centuries to 1619 has been working under extraordinary circumstances, legislating to a substantial degree by ...

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Judge lets civil suit in diplomatic immunity case move ahead

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal judge in Virginia is letting a British family move forward with its lawsuit in the U.S. against an American woman who invoked diplomatic immunity when she was accused of fatally injuring a teenager in a ...

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Lawsuits allege attacks by prison dogs

(AP) Two men who say they were viciously attacked by prison security dogs have filed federal civil rights lawsuits against the Virginia Department of Corrections, alleging the agency violated protections against cruel and unusual punishment. Curtis J. Garrett, 29, a ...

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