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High court rejects defendant’s vindictive-prosecution claim

FALLS CHURCH (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Virginia drug dealer who is serving a 41-year murder sentence that he claims is the result of vindictive prosecution. The high court on June 21 ...

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School board meeting over transgender rules becomes chaotic

LEESBURG (AP) One person was arrested and a second was cited for trespassing after Loudoun County’s school board shut down public comment on proposed rules for the treatment of transgender students. Hundreds of people showed up at a June 22 meeting ...

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Ex-officer pleads guilty to helping inmate escape

(AP) A former correctional officer has been sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to helping an inmate escape after developing an inappropriate relationship. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Destiny Harris, 23, pleaded guilty June 21 to aiding in the escape of ...

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Father of man shot by police files $50M wrongful death suit

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The father of a Black man who was fatally shot by police in Virginia Beach has filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit. The Virginian-Pilot reported on June 21 that the federal lawsuit was filed by the father of ...

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No parole for Virginia man who killed 3 during 1984 rampage

(AP) The Virginia Parole Board will not grant parole to a man who was convicted of killing three people and wounding two law enforcement officers during a 1984 rampage. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on June 18 that the board voted not to ...

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Judge denies bid to move trial over white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge on June 18 denied a request to move the trial in a lawsuit filed against organizers of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally out of Charlottesville. U.S. District Court Judge Norman Moon first floated the ...

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Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused

(AP) Virginia’s road to legalizing simple possession of marijuana has had some twists and turns, so it’s not surprising that advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what will be allowed under state law ...

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Girl’s sex-assault lawsuit reinstated by appeals court

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal appeals court on June 16 reinstated a lawsuit from a northern Virginia student who said her school failed to take appropriate action after she said she was sexually assaulted on a band trip. The student, who ...

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Feds to cooperate in Virginia case against Park Police cops

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Attorney General Merrick Garland, in a break from his predecessors in the Trump administration, is allowing federal agents to cooperate with local prosecutors pursuing manslaughter charges against two U.S. Park Police officers who fatally shot a Virginia ...

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Supreme Court of Virginia extends judicial emergency (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously extended the ongoing declaration of judicial emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on June 15, per a release from the court. The latest order is the 23rd order extending the initial declaration of ...

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