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Change comes fast at Chesterfield prosecutor’s office (access required)

Newly elected Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Miles has acted swiftly to make changes in the office. His opponent in the Nov. 5 special election, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney John Childrey, said on Facebook that, as of Nov. 13, he was ...

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Judge: John Hinckley can move out of his mother’s house

NORFOLK (AP) A judge has ruled that the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother’s house. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman ordered Nov. 16 that John Hinckley Jr. can live by ...

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Lawyers in Charlottesville killing seek no juror rehabilitation

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Prosecutors and lawyers for a man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Virginia have agreed that the judge at his trial should not try to salvage potential jurors who disclose any biases during the jury ...

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State gets default judgment against lender (access required)

Virginia government lawyers have obtained $20 million in debt forgiveness for pensioners who succumbed to a promise of quick cash with usurious loans offered by a now-defunct “pension sale” company. Hampton Circuit Judge Bonnie L. Jones tacked on nearly $32 ...

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Man who helped in parental kidnapping seeks to delay prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Virginia businessman convicted of helping in a parental kidnapping is asking the nation’s highest court to suspend the start of his prison term while he appeals. The request to the U.S. Supreme Court, which the government ...

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Herring again pushing for anti-hate-crime laws

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has unveiled legislation aimed at preventing hate crimes and white-supremacist violence as reports of such incidents increase around the country. This will be Herring’s third consecutive proposal of similar legislation. Previous attempts have failed to win ...

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Day care worker convicted of abuse denied sentence reduction

CHESTERFIELD COURT HOUSE (AP) A Virginia judge has denied a sentence reduction request by a day care worker convicted in the death of a child. Carrie Persichini’s request to reduce her 11-year sentence was denied Nov. 14, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Judge ...

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Prosecutor: Deputies won’t face charges in fatal shooting

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A special prosecutor says two sheriff’s deputies won’t face charges in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man who approached them with a gun and ignored commands to disarm. Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Dudley Jr., who was ...

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Judge: White nationalists must turn over phones

(AP) Two dozen white nationalists accused in a lawsuit of violating civil rights laws during a deadly 2017 rally in Virginia have been ordered to turn over their cellphones and other electronic devices so the contents can be used as ...

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Son pleads no contest to killing ex-prosecutor with ax

CHESTERFIELD (AP) The son of a former federal prosecutor has pleaded no contest to killing his father with an ax. Frank X. Altimari, 32, pleaded no contest Nov. 13 to second-degree murder and malicious wounding in the November 2017 slaying ...

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