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Expert barred on defendant’s mental state (access required)

Short of an insanity plea, criminal defendants may not bring experts into court to testify about their mental state, the Court of Appeals has reaffirmed. In a March 5 published opinion, the court underscored its ruling last year in a ...

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Probation officer could not modify judge’s specific terms (access required)

An offender barred from unsupervised contact with children by the terms of his criminal sentence was not subject to revocation of his suspended sentence on the basis of a stricter requirement imposed by a probation officer, the Court of Appeals ...

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2 brothers, another man get parole in 1994 slaying

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Three men found guilty in a 1994 slaying have won their parole, but they say that’s not enough. The three say they’re innocent in the killing of 19-year-old Steven Anthony Smith and want to clear their names, ...

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Manafort sentenced to 47 months

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced March 7 to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines. Manafort, sitting ...

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Soldier sentenced to 7 life terms for killing wife, officer

MANASSAS (AP) An Army staff sergeant convicted of fatally shooting his wife and a rookie police officer has been sentenced to seven consecutive life terms. Ronald Hamilton was formally sentenced March 7 in the 2016 killings of Officer Ashley Guindon ...

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George Mason’s law school receives $50 million donation

ARLINGTON (AP) George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School is getting a $50 million donation that will allow the university to hire 13 new faculty chairs. The gift announced March 7 is the largest ever received by the university, a ...

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Judge confirmed to 4th Circuit despite opposition

(AP) The U.S. Senate has confirmed a 37-year-old lawyer as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals despite opposition from civil rights and LGBTQ groups. Allison Jones Rushing was nominated by President Donald Trump in August for ...

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Woman joins grandmother in jail on perjury charges

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE (AP) A woman has joined her grandmother in jail after pleading guilty to perjury. Melinda Frances Garr, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts March 5, and was ordered to serve one month in the Rappahannock Regional Jail, The ...

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New State Corporation Commission member sworn in

(AP) A top state regulator of public utilities, financial service companies and other businesses has been sworn in. Patricia West officially joined the three-member State Corporation Commission March 4. Republican lawmakers had been unable to find a consensus candidate for ...

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Hinckley says he’s happy but lacks close friends

NORFOLK (AP) The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan told mental health professionals last year that he’s “happy as a clam” living with his mother and older brother in Virginia. John Hinckley Jr. anonymously sells books online as ...

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