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Leary is new Fairfax Bar president (access required)

The Fairfax Bar Association has appointed Christie A. Leary as president, beginning July 1. Other officers and directors for the 2018-19 year include: OFFICERS President-Elect: Luis A. Perez, Luis A. Perez PC Vice- President: Donna R. Banks, Fairfax County Attorney’s ...

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Senators ask for delay in Supreme Court nominee

(AP) U.S. Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia have asked the Senate’s Republican majority to delay voting on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. The two lawmakers asked June 28 for the vote to be delayed until after ...

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Ex-university student sues fraternity for hazing

RADFORD (AP) A former Radford University student has accused a fraternity of hazing and is suing for $7.3 million in damages. The Roanoke Times cited online court records showing nine of the defendants in the complaint filed a demurrer objecting to the ...

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Herring sues OxyContin maker for false claims on opioids

(AP) Virginia has become the latest state to accuse the maker of OxyContin of contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic by falsely marketing its opioids as safe and having a low risk of addiction. State Attorney General Mark Herring on ...

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Federal hate crime charges filed in rally death

(AP) The man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, killing a woman and injuring dozens more, now faces federal hate crime charges. The Department of Justice announced that an ...

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Justice Kennedy retiring

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more ...

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Court rules legislative districts unconstitutional

(AP) A federal court on Tuesday ordered Virginia lawmakers to redraw the state’s electoral map after finding that 11 legislative districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel came in a 2014 lawsuit that accused lawmakers of ...

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Ex-Virginia Tech student gets 50 years in girl’s killing

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A former Virginia Tech student convicted of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years in prison. David Eisenhauer was an 18-year-old freshman engineering student when he developed a relationship with Nicole Lovell, a 7th-grade ...

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Chesterfield’s Davenport to retire this year (access required)

Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Billy Davenport says he will retire July 1. Davenport, the county’s chief prosecutor for more than three decades, is leaving the post a year and half before his term expires, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch (paywall), which ...

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Ellis lets Manafort case go forward

WASHINGTON (AP) An Alexandria federal judge rejected a bid by President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to throw out charges in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, clearing the way for a much-anticipated trial to start as scheduled next ...

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