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Virginia Supreme Court exonerates man convicted of 1977 rape

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Virginia’s top court has unanimously exonerated a man convicted of the 1977 rape of a 12-year-old girl. The Supreme Court of Virginia issued a writ of actual innocence March 1 for 58-year-old Roy L. Watford III based on DNA ...

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High-ranking prosecutor fired for mishandled criminal case

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A longtime prosecutor has been fired for allegedly mishandling a criminal case in Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot quotes spokeswoman Macie Allen as saying that Scott Vachris was fired from the Virginia Beach commonwealth’s attorney’s office on Wednesday. She declined ...

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State supports exoneration of man jailed for bank robbery

(AP) The Virginia attorney general’s office supports the exoneration of a man imprisoned for more than nine years for bank robberies to which another man later confessed. Senior Assistant Attorney General Matthew P. Dullaghan wrote that the state agrees that ...

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Norfolk cuts love locks from bridge

NORFOLK (AP) After years of resisting efforts of neighbors who deemed a bridge’s “love locks” eyesores, Norfolk has sliced through those no-longer-enduring gestures of romance. Norfolk public works crews removed more than 100 love locks from the Hague Bridge with power ...

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Judge closes hearing for teen accused of killing couple

FAIRFAX (AP) A juvenile court judge barred the public from a hearing for the northern Virginia teenager accused of killing the parents of a girl he had been dating. Judge Thomas P. Sotelo agreed to a motion to close Monday’s ...

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Judge says state must retain death row reforms

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge says treatment of inmates on Virginia’s death row was unconstitutional before recent changes and the state may not revert to its old policies. In 2015, the state reformed its treatment of death row inmates, but ...

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‘Obamacare’ lawsuit against GOP dismissed

NORFOLK (AP) A lawsuit filed by a Virginia man against the Republican Party for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been dismissed. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen rejected Bob Heghmann’s claim Feb. 20, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Heghmann’s lawsuit ...

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Prosecutor says he will stop handling misdemeanors

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A Virginia prosecutor says he will stop assigning his staff to handle misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic infractions in lower court, citing an understaffed office and the added work from reviewing body camera footage. Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney ...

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Patient information may have been viewed

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The University of Virginia Health System says it’s notifying more than 1,880 patients that an unauthorized third party may have been able to view some of their private medical information. Officials learned in December that the third party may ...

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4th Circuit declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

(AP) President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam,” a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 15, delivering another blow to the policy. In a 9-4 decision, the 4th ...

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