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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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Novak is Trump choice for federal court (access required)

President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak to serve as a district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Novak, who sits in Richmond, was widely recommended for the seat of U.S. ...

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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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Ex-prosecutor accepts reprimand over courtroom fracas (access required)

A heated dispute about a collection of case summaries has led to an agreed public reprimand against a former commonwealth’s attorney. Ladysmith attorney Anthony G. “Tony” Spencer, the former Caroline County commonwealth’s attorney, acknowledged that his behavior in the 2015 ...

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Ex-congressional candidate gets prison for fraud

NORFOLK (AP) A former congressional candidate has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding the federal government through a summer meal program for children. Shaun Brown, 59, was sentenced March 13 on federal fraud charges, news outlets reported. ...

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