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Judge allows Google antitrust case to move ahead in Virginia

A judge has rejected a request from Google to transfer a federal antitrust lawsuit against it from Virginia to New York. The ruling March 10 from U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia, is a victory for the Justice ...

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Virginia slave laws inform judge’s ruling on frozen embryos

Frozen human embryos can legally be considered property, or “chattel,” a Virginia judge has ruled, basing his decision in part on a 19th century law governing the treatment of slaves. The preliminary opinion by Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Richard ...

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Report: 6-year-old won’t be charged after shooting teacher

Authorities in the Virginia city where a 6-year-old shot and wounded his teacher will not seek criminal charges against the child, the local prosecutor told NBC News March 8, in a decision that was anticipated by legal experts. But Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney ...

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Attorney arrested on credit card fraud charges

An Arlington attorney was arrested last month for alleged credit card fraud and theft. According to a press release from the Alexandria Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Patrick Lynn Edwards was arrested on Feb. 15 and charged with felony credit ...

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Ballou confirmed to Western District bench

Judge Robert Stewart Ballou

The U.S. Senate confirmed a federal magistrate judge’s nomination for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia on March 7, filling a long-vacant seat on the bench. U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Stewart Ballou was ...

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Filler-Corn, Lewis join Virginia General Assembly exodus

Two more Virginia state legislators, one of them a former House speaker, announced plans March 7 to step down after their current terms end, bringing to at least 20 the number of lawmakers retiring rather than seeking re-election under new electoral ...

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Virginia DOC says execution audio tapes should remain secret

On a 1989 audio recording crackling with static, an inmate is barely audible as he offers his last words before he is executed in Virginia’s electric chair. “I would like to express that what is about to take place … ...

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Virginia lawmaker Matt Fariss charged in alleged hit-and-run

A Republican legislator who represents part of central Virginia in the House of Delegates has been charged after state police say he struck and injured a pedestrian while driving an SUV and left the scene. A Chevrolet Tahoe driven by ...

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Supreme Court of Virginia certifies judicial vacancies

The Supreme Court of Virginia has certified eight judicial vacancies across the commonwealth, stating the positions “should be filled in the manner prescribed by law.” All eight judgeships are either vacant or due to become vacant because of retirement. The ...

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