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Feds: Virginia jail violates rights of mentally ill inmates

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia jail where several inmates died is violating prisoners’ rights by failing to provide adequate medical care, according to the findings of a federal investigation released Dec. 19. The federal report described the Hampton Roads Regional Jail ...

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Court reinstates sex harassment suit against university

(AP) A federal appeals court has found that University of Mary Washington administrators could have done more to protect students from online harassment and threats. The ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came Dec. 19 in a ...

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Justices deny proposal to relax law-office conflict rule

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected a proposed legal ethics rule amendment intended to show that one lawyer’s personal conflict is not always imputed to other lawyers in the same office. The Virginia State Bar Council unanimously recommended the ...

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Businessman pleads guilty to bilking investors

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A businessman accused of fabricating a story that he was kidnapped by a biker gang in Virginia has pleaded guilty in a Montana court of bilking investors of more than $20 million. Larry Wayne Price Jr., a ...

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Man facing child porn charges dies after shooting himself

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Police say a Prince George man indicted on 40 counts of possessing child pornography has died after shooting himself. Prince George County Police said 62-year-old James Paul Berry III died at a hospital Dec. 14, a day ...

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State to pay Northrop Grumman $35M over contract dispute

CHESTER (AP) Officials say Virginia has settled its legal dispute with Northrop Grumman for nearly $40 million. The state Information Technologies Agency and Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Dec. 14 they’ve settled dueling lawsuits filed 2½ years ago in Richmond Circuit ...

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No charges for priest accused of ‘boundary violations’

PURCELLVILLE (AP) The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office won’t press criminal charges against a Catholic priest accused of inappropriate contact with a minor and adults. The Diocese of Arlington issued a statement Dec. 14 saying that its own investigation into the Rev. Ronald ...

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Charlottesville Circuit clerk’s office closed first week of 2019 (access required)

The Charlottesville Circuit Court has ordered that its clerk’s office be closed Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 2-4, for security reasons while the office is temporarily relocated for courthouse renovations. The office was already scheduled to close Monday and Tuesday Dec. ...

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Brennan recommended for bar counsel (access required)

A Virginia State Bar search committee is recommending Deputy Executive Director Renu M. Brennan of Richmond to succeed Edward L. Davis as bar counsel, head of the bar’s ethics prosecutors. The VSB says the recommendation is expected to receive the ...

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Opioid deaths projected to fall slightly

(AP) Opioid-related deaths in Virginia are set to fall slightly this year compared to the year before. The Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office predicts there will be 1,175 deaths due to opioid overdoses this year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. That’s down from ...

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