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Immigrant bond company resists state inquiries (access required)

An Augusta County company that rents GPS monitors to immigrant detainees is battling state lawyers seeking information on possible consumer law violations. Virginia lawyers say the state has “reason to believe” that Nexus Services Inc. is violating the Virginia Consumer ...

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Limited-scope representation rule proposal simplified (access required)

The Supreme Court’s rules advisors are offering a simplified proposal to regulate limited-scope representation of needy clients in civil matters. The court’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Court is again seeking comments on a proposed addition to Rule 1:5 to ...

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Court upholds ex-officer’s conviction in fatal shooting

(AP) An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Virginia police officer who was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager suspected of shoplifting. The Court of Appeals of Virginia – in an ...

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Lawsuit seeks details of GMU ties with Koch Foundation

FAIRFAX (AP) A judge is weighing whether to force a Virginia university’s philanthropic arm to disclose details of its relationship with the conservative Charles Koch Foundation. The foundation gives tens of millions of dollars annually to universities all over the ...

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Richmond prosecutors will no longer seek cash bail bonds

(AP) The chief prosecutor in Richmond says he will no longer seek cash bail bonds for criminal defendants awaiting trial. Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring told The Richmond Times-Dispatch the current practice of seeking bail bonds is “unfair” and leaves many defendants ...

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Man shackled for days in prisoner transport van files suit

McLEAN (AP) Edward Kovari’s 18-day ordeal began Sept. 12, 2016, when some guys in a van showed up to take him from a jail in Virginia to Texas, where he was wanted on charges that he had stolen a car. ...

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Police video shows officer shooting suspect in back

PORTSMOUTH (AP) Newly released video from a police body camera shows a white Portsmouth officer shooting a black suspect in the back as the suspect tries to run away. The Virginian-Pilot obtained video showing rookie Officer Jeremy Durocher wounding Deontrace Ward, who ...

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Rivals see opening in Dominion Energy’s political success

(AP) Dominion Energy has long had unrivaled success at getting friendly legislation through the Virginia General Assembly, a political advantage that by some counts has been worth billions of dollars in profits. The parent company of the state’s largest electric ...

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Developers seek court action against pipeline protesters

ROANOKE (AP) Developers of a controversial pipeline project are asking a federal judge to find members of a western Virginia family in contempt of court and to order U.S. marshals to remove them from tree stands where they are protesting ...

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Government urges Supreme Court to hear uranium mining case

CHATHAM (AP) The federal government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a lawsuit over Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. Attorneys for the Department of Justice and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission filed a brief with the high court ...

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