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Gun rights advocates sue to block handgun sales law

(AP) Gun rights advocates are suing to block a Virginia law from taking effect that would ban people from being able to buy more than one handgun a month. The Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America and Gun ...

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Ex-analyst says journalist girlfriend cajoled him into leaks

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former counterterrorism analyst who admitted leaking government secrets to his journalist girlfriend says she wore him down by repeatedly cajoling him for classified information. Henry Kyle Frese pleaded guilty in February to violating the Espionage Act and ...

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State asks judge to delay med-mal cap ruling (access required)

The state of Virginia is urging a federal judge to delay a decision on whether the state’s medical malpractice recovery cap is constitutional until an underlying malpractice claim is resolved. The commonwealth made an appearance June 9 in a federal ...

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Justices revive permit for pipeline under Appalachian Trail

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way for a critical permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross under the Appalachian Trail, siding with energy companies and the Trump administration. The justices ruled 7-2 June ...

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Virginia executive admits embezzling from children’s funds

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Northern Virginia business executive has pleaded guilty to embezzling roughly $8 million from settlement funds meant for injured children. Joseph Gargan, 59, of Round Hill, was CEO of an Arlington firm called The Pension Company. Gargan pleaded ...

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New lawsuit opposes plan to remove Lee statue

(AP) Six property owners along Richmond’s Monument Avenue have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing the towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Northam on June 4 ordered the statue’s removal, citing the ...

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VLW editorial team wins journalism awards

In results announced during the past three months, the editorial team at Virginia Lawyers Weekly has won eight awards in five different journalism contests based on work published in 2019. Virginia Press Association. In the VPA News contest, VLW News ...

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AG calls for on-the-record hearings in statue case (access required)

Lawyers for Gov. Ralph Northam have called for an end to impromptu hearings in a lawsuit aimed at saving Richmond’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Twice, Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo has heard motions without a court ...

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Racism, police reform focus of summer legislative session

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are vowing to take strong action on systemic racism and police reforms during a special legislative session planned in August. Protests have spread across Virginia following the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of ...

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Attorneys clean damaged plaque honoring civil rights pioneer

(AP) For Richmond attorney Jackie Stone, seeing the historical marker on Main Street honoring Oliver Hill Sr. serves as a reminder not just of the late civil rights attorney’s legal legacy, but of the path he helped blaze for African ...

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