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DC sniper case to have US Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 18 agreed to consider Virginia’s plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who, as a teenager, participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. The justices ...

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US Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to struggle March 18 with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map ...

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Judge says media can attend teen’s manslaughter trial

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth judge says a reporter can attend the manslaughter trial of a 14-year-old boy who’s charged in the death of a 12-year-old. Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Bryan Meals  made his decision March 14 at the request of an ...

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Fairfax man sentenced in $1M Ponzi scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Federal prosecutors say a Fairfax businessman has been sentenced to prison for a $1.3 million investment scheme that caused losses for 40 victims. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia announced March 15 that Amrit Jaswant ...

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Novak is Trump choice for federal court (access required)

President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak to serve as a district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Novak, who sits in Richmond, was widely recommended for the seat of U.S. ...

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Virginia to create pilot program to reduce eviction rates

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation to create a pilot program aimed at reducing eviction rates in Virginia. The legislation is part of a push that began last year after a research group at Princeton University found that five ...

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Ex-prosecutor accepts reprimand over courtroom fracas (access required)

A heated dispute about a collection of case summaries has led to an agreed public reprimand against a former commonwealth’s attorney. Ladysmith attorney Anthony G. “Tony” Spencer, the former Caroline County commonwealth’s attorney, acknowledged that his behavior in the 2015 ...

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Ex-congressional candidate gets prison for fraud

NORFOLK (AP) A former congressional candidate has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding the federal government through a summer meal program for children. Shaun Brown, 59, was sentenced March 13 on federal fraud charges, news outlets reported. ...

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Judge criticizes jail on inmate’s mental health treatment

NORTH PRINCE GEORGE (AP) A Chesterfield County general district judge has sharply criticized administrators at a regional jail for their treatment of an inmate who needed psychiatric care. Judge Pamela O’Berry told two top administrators at the Riverside Regional Jail ...

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Fairfax County in court over sexual misconduct at schools

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Virginia’s largest school district is defending itself against three separate federal lawsuits filed by students who say the school system botched sexual misconduct investigations. Two involve boys who say Fairfax County Public Schools wrongly punished them based ...

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