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Appeals court upholds Virginia’s ban on bestiality

(AP)  The Court of Appeals of Virginia has upheld a state law banning sex with an animal. The court on Jan. 15 affirmed the 2017 conviction of Arthur Anderson Warren, who used his cellphone to record video of encounters he ...

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Lauck to receive the 2019 Professionalism Award

U.S. District Judge M. Hannah Lauck will receive the 2019 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the VSB Criminal Law Section on Feb. 8 at the Criminal Law Seminar in Williamsburg. The Carrico award was named for the former Supreme Court of ...

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Mom sues after school assault charges dropped

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A special needs student’s mother is suing after a principal and teacher were cleared of assault charges in Virginia Beach. Seven-year-old Eric Chapman testified in March that he had been dragged from a classroom at Rosemont Elementary ...

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Judge allows friend-of-court brief in tree-sitters case (access required)

A federal judge says a friend-of-the-court brief could be helpful in deciding whether to evict two tree-sitters trying to block a natural gas pipeline project in Western Virginia. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon credited the contention of two advocates in the ...

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Herring blasts study of his office as politically motivated

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring has denounced a wide-ranging review of his office by the state legislature’s watchdog agency as a politically motivated witch hunt. The Democratic attorney general blasted the review as “baseless” and an “inquisition.” He also said ...

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Added judgeship gets green light, but funding uncertain (access required)

A state Senate committee has advanced a proposal to add a 12th general district judgeship in Fairfax County, but legislators caution that creating a slot is not the same thing as funding it. Two Fairfax judges appeared Jan. 14 before ...

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Delegates urge tougher penalties for DUI injuries (access required)

Two delegates have reached across the aisle to propose a broader and tougher range of penalties for those who cause serious injuries by driving while intoxicated. Currently, when a DWI accident causes permanent and significant physical impairment, the defendant driver ...

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Lawmakers push for casinos in 3 Virginia cities

(AP) Casino backers from Portsmouth to Bristol are joining together to boost the odds of loosening Virginia’s gambling laws. A bipartisan group of lawmakers promoted pro-casino legislation Jan. 14, arguing that three struggling cities spread along Virginia’s southern border urgently ...

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Actress McGowan pleads no contest to misdemeanor drug charge

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Actress Rose McGowan pleaded no contest Jan. 14 to a misdemeanor drug charge in Loudoun County after cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind at Dulles International Airport two years ago. Court records show she ...

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Settlement reached with ex-jail worker over resignation

NORFOLK (AP) A jail serving five Virginia cities has settled a lawsuit filed by a former personnel worker alleging she was wrongly forced from her job for how she handled a sexual harassment investigation. Hampton Roads Regional Jail Superintendent David ...

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