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Prosecutor honored by gang busters (access required)

A Charlottesville-based federal prosecutor has been honored by the Virginia Gang Investigators Association as Federal Prosecutor of the Year. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather L. Carlton received the award Oct. 18 at the group’s 20th annual gang conference in Virginia Beach. ...

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State sues over conditions at Petersburg landfill

PETERSBURG (AP) Virginia officials are suing over what they say are significant, repeated waste-management violations at a Petersburg landfill. Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced their lawsuit against The CFS Group Disposal and Recycling ...

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Feds: California inmate led prostitution ring in Virginia

NORFOLK (AP) Federal authorities say a man led a major Virginia prostitution and drug ring from his prison cell in California. Foster Shane Gaines is accused of using a contraband cell phone to recruit underage prostitutes and advertise their services ...

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Indictment sought against police officer in 2017 shooting

PORTSMOUTH (AP) Portsmouth prosecutors have announced they are seeking an indictment against a white officer seen on body camera video shooting a black suspect in the back as he tried to run away. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon T. Wrobleski announced ...

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Authorities probing immigrant Saudi sisters’ mystery deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are investigating the mysterious deaths of two sisters from Saudi Arabia whose bodies, bound together with tape, washed up on New York City’s waterfront last week. The sisters, Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, ...

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Ex-congressional candidate convicted of fraud

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A former Virginia congressional candidate has been convicted of fraud. Shaun Brown was found guilty Oct. 30 of defrauding the federal government through a summer meal program for children, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Federal prosecutors in Newport News said ...

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Drewry honored by defense bar (access required)

The Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys has created an award to honor the memory of Lynchburg’s Leigh Drewry, a leader, mentor and friend to the defense bar. Drewry died Dec. 1. The VACDL board this year created “The B. ...

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Comments sought on prosecutor disclosure duties (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s ethics committee is trying again with a rule to define a prosecutor’s duty when confronted with a potential “needle in a haystack” disclosure. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has tried for a year to ...

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Bar considers rule for inadvertent disclosures (access required)

A Virginia State Bar panel is considering new language to spell out what lawyers should do when opponents mistakenly hand over what’s intended to be privileged information. The proposed rule language emphasizes the bar’s view that the importance of preserving ...

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Lawsuit: School soccer practice led to heat stroke

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A high school student is suing school officials over a summer soccer practice after which, he says, he suffered heat stroke. The Albemarle County student was a sophomore when he says he nearly died after a two-hour soccer ...

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