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Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit against deputy over ticket

(AP) A deputy sheriff in Virginia is facing trial on a claim she violated the First Amendment rights of a woman by offering to buy another deputy lunch if he issued the woman a traffic ticket in retaliation for critical ...

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Five sue driver of trash truck struck by GOP train in 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Two years after a train carrying Republican members of Congress collided with a garbage truck, five passengers have filed lawsuits against the driver, trash company and train conductor. Dana Naylor Jr., 32, was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter after ...

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Jail accused of failing to assist with death probe

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Tidewater jail that came under state scrutiny after the 2015 death of a mentally ill man is now being accused of failing to cooperate with an investigation into three other inmate deaths. The state Board of Corrections ...

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Lawmaker’s privilege delaying case against ex-NASCAR driver

(AP) For a year and a half, a Virginia mother of seven young girls has been frustrated by repeated delays in the domestic violence case against her estranged husband because his defense lawyer exercised a privilege that most other attorneys ...

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Democrats advance assault weapon ban

(AP) Democratic lawmakers in Richmond are advancing legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high-capacity magazines despite fierce opposition from gun owners. A state House committee on Feb. 7 advanced legislation backed by Gov. Ralph ...

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VBA endorses 6 for Court of Appeals (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association is recommending six of the 16 candidates seeking a seat on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. The VBA listed its choices in alphabetical order in a Feb. 7 letter to Senate Judiciary chair John S. ...

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Virginia lawmakers pass protections for LGBTQ people

(AP) Virginia lawmakers have passed comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that advocates said makes the state the first in the South to enact such protections for LGBTQ people. The measures advanced Feb. 6 on bipartisan votes, 59-35 in the House and 30-9 ...

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Trial lawyers urge extended deadlines for sex abuse claims

(AP) Two bills recently passed the state House of Delegates unanimously that aim to change the state’s statute of limitations for filing sexual abuse lawsuits. One bill gives victims a two-year window to file sexual abuse claims, if statutes of ...

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Virginia Tech student sues after hazing suspension

ROANOKE (AP) A former Virginia Tech student is suing the university after he was accused of overseeing a ceremony that violated the school’s hazing policy. Darrien Brown alleges the university denied him due process when administrators suspended him for two ...

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Heishman tapped as Fairfax Commissioner of Accounts (access required)

The judges of the Fairfax County Circuit Court have named Anne M. Heishman as Commissioner of Accounts for the court.   Heishman will take office on July 1, 2020, upon the retirement of the current commissioner, John H. Rust Jr. Heishman ...

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