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Body cam workload overwhelms some defense attorneys

NORFOLK (AP) Defense attorneys, both court-appointed and public defenders, are struggling to keep up with the amount of police body camera video they have to review. The wave of body camera adoption across the state has mostly happened without considering ...

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Former university researcher sentenced to probation

ROANOKE (AP) A former Virginia Tech scientist found guilty of conspiring to commit federal grant fraud has been sentenced to probation. The federal judge sentencing Yiheng “Percival” Zhang said he didn’t find a need for prison time, given that Zhang ...

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Thomas Cullen eyed for federal judgeship (access required)

President Trump reportedly is considering Western District U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen for a vacant federal judgeship. Cullen had not publicly expressed interest in the seat of U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad, who took senior status in 2017. An elaborate ...

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Law requiring marriage applicants to divulge race challenged

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Three couples planning to get married in Virginia have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a state requirement that they disclose their race on their marriage application. Civil-rights lawyer Victor Glasberg, who filed the lawsuit in Alexandria, says the ...

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Jury acquits mother in hot-car death of infant son

EMPORIA (AP) A jury has acquitted an Emporia woman of involuntary manslaughter in the hot car death of her 6-month-old son. On Thursday, the jury in Greensville County found that Blondia Curry was not criminally negligent in the August 2018 ...

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AG Herring disputes fee demand in redistricting case

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is disputing a $4.5 million bill that a private law firm wants taxpayers to pick up after it won a major redistricting case. Herring’s office said in court that Perkins Coie should be paid ...

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Civil jury instructions posted for free (access required)

Two months after the Supreme Court of Virginia made the unannotated version of its model criminal jury instructions available for free, the civil version is now available on the court’s website. The civil instructions are at http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/circuit/resources/model_jury_instructions_civil.pdf . The court ...

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Mother of Charlottesville car attack victim sues murderer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The mother of a woman killed when a man rammed his car through a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is suing the convicted murderer for wrongful death. Susan Bro filed a $12 million lawsuit Aug. ...

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Man gets 99 years for strangling ex-girlfriend

FAIRFAX (AP) A 19-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend and hiding her body in a park in the Mount Vernon area. Nebiyu Ebrahim had pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of ...

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Drug-carrying drone found near prison

(AP) Police are investigating the recovery of a drone found outside a prison, which authorities say was carrying a cellphone and suspected drugs. A security staff member at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn discovered the drone last month on the ...

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