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Judge rejects bid for new vote in House race

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge on Friday rejected a request for a new election that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia’s House of Delegates, calling ballot mistakes cited by Democrats a “garden-variety” problem that doesn’t merit federal intervention. ...

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Family receives $725,000 settlement after inmate’s death

CULPEPER (AP) The family of a Culpeper man who died in custody at a regional jail has received a $725,000 settlement. Sherry Thornhill, the mother of Christopher Shawn Berry, filed the lawsuit after her son’s 2014 death in the Central ...

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Northam names legal staff (access required)

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has appointed Richmond attorney Rita Davis as counsel to the governor. Davis is a litigator who has served as a senior assistant attorney general since 2016. As section chief over the OAG trial section, Davis now supervises ...

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Republican’s lucky win solidifies GOP House control

(AP) By luck of the draw, incumbent Republican David Yancey won a state House of Delegates race so close that its outcome was determined Thursday when an elections official pulled his name out of a ceramic bowl. The drawing of ...

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Judge acquitted of DWI in Maryland (access required)

A Fairfax County general district judge remains restricted in his courthouse assignments even after being acquitted of a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland. Michael H. Cantrell, who was elected to the bench in 2016, was ...

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Judges deny Democrats’ request to undo recount decision

(AP) A three-judge panel on Wednesday refused to reverse a decision that stripped a Democratic candidate of her apparent one-vote victory in the race for a House seat, meaning a winner will be chosen at random in a drawing. The ...

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Retired lawyer providing a will for those who need it most (access required)

(AP) For some of metro Richmond’s most vulnerable residents — the poor, the aged, the sick — G. Andrew Nea Jr. provides pro bono serenity. Nea, since his retirement a decade ago from the law firm of Williams Mullen, has ...

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Meet three editors, one a lawyer, who fought in duels

By Matt McKinney The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK (AP) — As you may know, journalists nowadays are often the subject of ridicule. Cries of “fake news” and accusations of bias abound. And some readers hurl personal insults — often anonymously — in ...

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Courts offer subscription services for notices

Virginia’s appellate courts are offering free notification services for court events, such as postings of new opinions and announcements of rule changes. The new subscription services also provide for text messages about court closing notices. The notice services are offered ...

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Firefighters face charges of contributing to minor’s delinquency

STRASBURG (AP) Six volunteer firefighters in Shenandoah County have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. News outlets report that the six members of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department were arrested over the weekend after a Virginia ...

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