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Evans takes helm at VACA (access required)

Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy F. Evans is the new president of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Evans was inducted at the group’s 79th Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. He succeeds Greensville County Commonwealth’s Attorney Patricia T. Watson. Other ...

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Author James Forman to talk about racism

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. will visit Charlottesville next month to give a talk about racism. “Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance” is the title of the lecture by Forman, a Yale law ...

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Manafort judge says he fears for jurors’ safety

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The judge in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says he has received threats and he fears for the “peace and safety” of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis ...

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State asks high court to hear appeal on sniper sentencing

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state’s appeal of a ruling granting new sentencing hearings for the man serving life terms for the sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region when he ...

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Jail’s ex-superintendent faces federal charges

LEXINGTON (AP) A Virginia jail’s former superintendent and head nurse are facing federal charges. The federal indictment unsealed Aug. 16 alleges that 61-year-old John Higgins violated inmates’ civil rights, media outlets reported. It’s alleged he failed to protect inmates at Rockbridge Regional ...

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Young Lawyers Conference scores win in Chicago

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference took a top award at this year’s Awards of Achievement program recognizing the work of young lawyer groups from across the country. The YLC won the State Division, Class A first place award ...

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Environmental groups ask court to review pipeline approval

(AP) A coalition of environmental groups has asked a federal appeals court to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates petitioned the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Senate confirms 2 for 4th Circuit bench

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Senate has confirmed two more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been approved this session of Congress. The judges confirmed Aug. 16 — South Carolina U.S. ...

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Lawsuit: Trooper slammed man onto ground

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A federal lawsuit accuses a Virginia State Police trooper of shattering a man’s jaw and trying to cover it up. Veron E. Greenaway, 28, is suing Trooper Kristian Hughes over his 2017 arrest in Hampton, the Daily ...

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Judge: Teen charged with killing couple still incompetent

FAIRFAX (AP) A judge has ruled the Virginia teenager accused of killing the parents of a girl he had been dating remains incompetent to stand trial. Judge Thomas P. Sotelo heard testimony from two clinical psychologists and three Fairfax County ...

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