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Women settle suit alleging Liberty mishandled assault cases

(AP) A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit twelve women brought last summer against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of fostering an unsafe environment on its Virginia campus and mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment. A notice of ...

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Private property owners sue over Virginia’s hunting dog law

WILSONS (AP) Soon after Jim Medeiros bought his 143-acre (58-hectare) cattle and poultry farm in rural Virginia a decade ago, he and his wife were startled by the sounds of 20 hunting dogs barking and howling as they circled their ...

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Police: Bullet pierced window at attorney general’s office

(AP) Virginia Capitol Police are investigating after a bullet pierced a window at the office of the Attorney General in downtown Richmond. Police said officers were called to the Barbara Johns Building on May 9 and found a small round ...

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Richmond seeks to move last city-owned Confederate monument

(AP) Richmond officials are seeking a court order to move the only remaining Confederate monument owned by the city. The Richmond City Council voted unanimously May 9 to direct the city administration to grant the statue of Confederate Gen. A.P. ...

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Man pleads guilty in case testing use of geofence warrant

(AP) A Richmond man has pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery charges in a closely watched case that tested the constitutionality of broad search warrants that use Google location history to find people who were near crime scenes. The Richmond ...

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Ex-official pleads guilty to attempted witness tampering

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A former commissioner of revenue for a Virginia county has pleaded guilty to attempted witness tampering, and his son pleaded guilty to a related charge of heroin distribution, prosecutors said. Larry Vernon Snow, 73, pleaded guilty on May ...

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Chess, Wiley awarded Traver Award from VSB (access required)

Richard B. Chess of Richmond and Ronald D. Wiley Jr. of Charlottesville have been named dual recipients of the 2022 Traver Award by the Virginia State Bar Real Property Section and Virginia CLE. The award, named after longtime Alexandria practitioner ...

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VALW wins 2 journalism awards in statewide contest (access required)

The journalism awards season for work produced in 2021 is coming to a close, and Virginia Lawyers Weekly has scored two awards in the 2021 Virginia Press Association’s News and Advertising Contest. Former publisher and editor Paul Fletcher and former ...

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Virginia man charged with dealing illegal machine guns

NORFOLK (AP) A federal grand jury indicted a Virginia man May 5 on charges of possessing and selling unregistered machine guns, a federal prosecutor said. According to the indictment, Patrick Tate Adamiak, 28, of Virginia Beach was obtaining unregistered machine ...

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Court overturns mother’s conviction for belt discipline

(AP) A state appeals court on May 3 overturned the conviction of a Virginia mother who was found guilty of assault and battery for striking her 12-year-old twins with a belt to discipline them. WTOP-FM reports that a three-judge Court ...

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