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Virginia lawyer officially joins Manafort legal team (access required)

Jay Nanavati says he’s on board. VLW reported in February on signs indicating the Virginia lawyer with a Washington practice had teamed up with attorneys representing former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. Now, Nanavati, a former federal tax prosecutor, has ...

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Appeals court backs prosecutor’s immunity

(AP) A federal appeals court on Monday blocked a lawsuit against Baltimore’s top prosecutor filed by five police officers who said she maliciously investigated and charged them in the death of a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury ...

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Tree sitters end pipeline protest after contempt ruling

ROANOKE (AP) Two women have come down from tree-top perches where they have been protesting a natural gas pipeline granted eminent domain to run through their property in Virginia. Sixty-one-year-old Theresa Ellen Terry and her adult daughter, Theresa Minor Terry, ...

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Tree sitters found in contempt for protesting pipeline

ROANOKE (AP) A federal judge has given a mother and daughter until midnight Saturday to come down from trees and comply with a court order granting a natural gas pipeline rights to their property. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Dillon found ...

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Judge poses pointed questions on Manafort charges

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge on Friday asked pointed questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s authority to bring charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and suggested that prosecutors’ true motive is getting Manafort to “sing” against the president. ...

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George Mason faculty seeks disclosure of donor agreements

McLEAN (AP) The faculty senate at Virginia’s largest university has formally asked the school to disclose donor agreements after revelations that some gift arrangements gave the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of some professors. ...

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Grand jury to consider drug charge against Rose McGowan

LEESBURG (AP) Actress Rose McGowan says the cocaine found in her Chanel wallet left behind on a United Airlines flight isn’t hers. Her lawyers have suggested the drugs were planted. Nevertheless, McGowan could face indictment in Virginia on a felony ...

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Lawsuit claims doctors face ‘indentured servitude’ (access required)

A Nigerian doctor claims in a lawsuit that the Martinsville hospital has an unwritten policy to recruit minority foreign doctors and force them to “work unhealthy hours and in untenable conditions” under fear of deportation. A medical staffing company says ...

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Republican sues to get on US Senate primary ballot

(AP) A Republican is suing to get on the primary ballot for a Virginia U.S. Senate race. Ivan Raiklin filed a lawsuit in federal court May 1 against the Republican Party of Virginia and the state Board of Elections. He ...

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Judge tosses lawsuit over bar exam accommodations (access required)

A Michigan lawyer who sued after he missed passing the Virginia bar exam by just three points lost his federal ADA lawsuit charging disability discrimination. Donshur Oliver said he should have been allowed accommodations when he sat for the exam ...

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