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Jury recommends life for man convicted in cyanide slaying

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach jury is recommending that a man found guilty of attacking his ex-girlfriend outside of her home and injecting her with a fatal dose of cyanide should face life in prison. Jurors took 15 minutes ...

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Imprisoned former delegate looks to Trump for pardon

(AP) A former Virginia lawmaker serving time for a corruption conviction is trying to get a pardon from President Donald Trump. Former Del. Phil Hamilton is asking friends and supporters to help him get a presidential pardon, the Daily Press reports. Hamilton was ...

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Rally lawsuit raises ghostwriting issue (access required)

A federal lawsuit targeting organizers of the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville has raised issues regarding ghostwritten legal pleadings for one of the defendants. The defendant – described as a white nationalist radio broadcaster – says he ...

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US Supreme Court upholds Virginia man’s gun conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is upholding a Virginia man’s conviction on a gun charge. The Supreme Court issued its decision June 22. The case the court ruled on involves Michael Currier, who was charged with breaking into a home ...

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Latino teens who alleged abuse no longer in US

WASHINGTON (AP) A lawyer for immigrant children who say they were cuffed and beaten by staff inside a Virginia detention facility said Friday they plan to press forward with a federal civil-rights lawsuit, even though two of the teens involved ...

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Man found guilty of fatally poisoning ex-girlfriend

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia man has been found guilty of attacking his ex-girlfriend outside of her home and injecting her with a fatal dose of cyanide. The Virginian-Pilot reports 30-year-old Joseph Merlino III was convicted Friday of first-degree murder for the ...

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Bar revokes solo accused of embezzling from client (access required)

A Glen Allen solo lawyer charged with embezzling client money has been disbarred. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the law license of Michael A. Lormand with a summary order on June 22, effective immediately. The board said it ...

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Officers face felony charges in man’s shooting (access required)

Two police officers face three felony charges each in the February shooting of a Lynchburg accountant in his home. The accountant, Walker Sigler, was left with serious and permanent injuries, according to his lawyer. The Lynchburg officers went to Sigler’s ...

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Bankruptcy hearings? There’s an app for that (access required)

Need to keep track of your bankruptcy hearing schedule while on the move? The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District has an app for that. The court has rolled out “ChapMobile,” a free app for iOS and Android devices ...

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Appeals court grants new sentencing for DC sniper

(AP) A sniper serving life in prison for terrorizing the Washington, D.C., region as a teenager must get new sentencing hearings in Virginia, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 3-0 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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