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Prosecutors slam ‘free speech’ argument in riot case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Prosecutors say two men indicted on federal riot charges in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville are not protected by the First Amendment. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen made the argument in response to a motion to ...

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Judge dismisses water researcher’s defamation lawsuit

ROANOKE (AP) A judge has ruled that a Virginia Tech researcher who helped expose the Flint, Michigan, water crisis can’t silence critics with a federal defamation lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski dismissed Marc Edwards’ $3 million lawsuit against ...

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Judge approves settlement in jail death of mentally ill man

NORFOLK (AP) A $3 million settlement for the family of a mentally ill man who died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 in snacks has been approved by a judge who called his death “shameful.” Jamycheal Mitchell had ...

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Former delegate admits to defrauding government

(AP) A former state lawmaker has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government by misusing a program that awards contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. Former Del. Ron Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach, entered a guilty plea in federal court ...

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Congressman sues Twitter in Henrico court

WASHINGTON (AP)  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, is suing Twitter and several of its users for more than $250 million, accusing them of defamation and negligence. The defendants include two anonymous parody accounts, “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” The ...

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DC sniper case to have US Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 18 agreed to consider Virginia’s plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who, as a teenager, participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. The justices ...

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US Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to struggle March 18 with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map ...

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Judge says media can attend teen’s manslaughter trial

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth judge says a reporter can attend the manslaughter trial of a 14-year-old boy who’s charged in the death of a 12-year-old. Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Bryan Meals  made his decision March 14 at the request of an ...

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Fairfax man sentenced in $1M Ponzi scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Federal prosecutors say a Fairfax businessman has been sentenced to prison for a $1.3 million investment scheme that caused losses for 40 victims. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia announced March 15 that Amrit Jaswant ...

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Virginia to create pilot program to reduce eviction rates

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation to create a pilot program aimed at reducing eviction rates in Virginia. The legislation is part of a push that began last year after a research group at Princeton University found that five ...

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