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House rejects ending qualified immunity for police

(AP) Legislation to overcome the qualified immunity defense for Virginia police failed Aug. 31 after opponents argued it would result in frivolous lawsuits and make it difficult to hire and retain police officers. House Bill 5013 would have allowed people who ...

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Liberty announces investigation into Falwell’s tenure

(AP) Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Aug. 31. In a statement, the board said ...

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Lawyer accused of trying to have sex with client (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer – now under administrative suspension – faces state bar charges that he tried to entice a jailed client to join him and his girlfriend in a three-way sexual liaison. The action comes as the Virginia State ...

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Northam announces new funding for renters’ legal services

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a new $4 million initiative to help cover the legal costs of renters facing evictions. Northam said furniture giant IKEA was donating $2 million for the effort, which will pay for 20 legal aid ...

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Judge rejects effort to delay trial in Park Police shooting

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge has rejected a request from Justice Department lawyers to delay a civil lawsuit filed by the parents of a Northern Virginia man shot and killed by U.S. Park Police in 2017 after a stop-and-go highway chase. ...

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Judge kicks defamation case over lawyer’s Virginia Bar status (access required)

A federal judge has rejected a defamation claim based on an alleged false Avvo listing of an attorney’s Virginia State Bar status. Washington, D.C., lawyer Andrew Straw sued Avvo, the company that publishes online lawyer listings. Because Avvo is located ...

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Court tosses injunction barring Richmond from removing monument

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has tossed out an injunction handed down by a Richmond judge that barred officials from removing the only remaining Confederate monument owned by the city. Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley Cavedo issued a 60-day injunction in ...

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Dementia may prevent trial for 1973 Virginia Beach slayings

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A man who police say killed two women in Virginia Beach nearly half a century ago may never stand trial for the slayings. Ernest Broadnax, 82, has been diagnosed with dementia, The Virginian-Pilot reported. According to his defense ...

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4th Circuit: School transgender bathroom policy unconstitutional

RICHMOND (AP) A federal appeals court has ruled that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional and discriminated against a transgender male student who was barred from using the boys bathrooms in his high school. The Aug. 26 ...

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Senate approves changes to police assault law

(AP) The state Senate has approved legislation that would eliminate a six-month mandatory minimum sentence for assaulting a police officer, despite strenuous objections from Republicans who said the bill disrespects police at a time when they have come under attack during nationwide ...

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