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Judge sanctions school system for destroying documents

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has sanctioned Virginia’s largest school system for destroying or failing to preserve documents relevant to a lawsuit accusing school officials of ignoring a girl’s claim she was sexually assaulted. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Nachmanoff in Alexandria ...

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Life sentence for hate crime in Charlottesville killing

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An avowed white supremacist who deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a young woman and injuring dozens, apologized to his victims June 28 before being sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges. James ...

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Ex-Del. Hamilton released from prison

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A former state legislator serving time for bribery and extortion has been released from federal prison after almost eight years behind bars. News outlets report Phillip A. Hamilton, 67, headed home June 27  for six months of home ...

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Families sue Libyan commander who once lived in Virginia

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Libyan-American who once lived in Northern Virginia and now commands an army vying for control of his native country has been accused in a civil lawsuit of war crimes. The lawsuit was filed June 26 by Libyan family members ...

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Virginia Beach considers independent shooting investigation

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The city of Virginia Beach may soon commission an independent investigation into the mass shooting that claimed 12 lives last month, but the findings might not come out quickly enough for some victims’ families, state lawmakers and ...

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Lawyer suspended for bankruptcy-related violations (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer has accepted a one-year suspension in Virginia after a similar penalty was imposed in Washington for his handling of a bankruptcy case. Edward Gonzalez – who lists a Herndon address – took advantage of the vulnerability ...

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Bar panel awards $39K to disappointed clients (access required)

In the most recent round of awards from the Clients’ Protection Fund of the Virginia State Bar, five former clients were paid $39,322.04 to reimburse them for unearned fees paid to Virginia lawyers. Two custody-dispute clients of now-suspended attorney Robert ...

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Proposed rule changes on civil testimony up for comment (access required)

The Virginia legal community is being asked to comment on three proposed rule changes that would affect testimony in civil litigation. One proposed amendment is aimed at curbing routine evidentiary objections during depositions while another would set ground rules for ...

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High court to consider insanity issues in home invasion case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider whether an involuntary intoxication defense is equivalent to an insanity defense in the case of a man who tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife in their home. Andrew Schmuhl contended ...

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Guard gets 30 years for fatally shooting Pokémon player

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A former security guard has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a man who had been playing a video game in his minivan. Chesapeake Circuit Court Judge John Brown followed a jury’s recommendation when ...

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