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Neo-Nazi group member sentenced to 9 years in prison

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) A neo-Nazi group member was sentenced on Oct. 28 to nine years in prison in a case that highlighted a broader federal crackdown on far-right extremists. FBI agents arrested former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews ...

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Jury selected for civil trial over Charlottesville rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A jury has been seated in a civil trial to determine whether white nationalists who planned the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be held responsible for the violence that erupted. The process of choosing ...

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Virginia Tech player indicted in Tinder date’s beating death

BLACKSBURG (AP) A suspended Virginia Tech linebacker accused in the fatal beating of a Tinder match has been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder. Isimemen Etute, 18, who is accused in the death of 40-year-old Jerry Smith in May, ...

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Ex-Liberty spokesman says he was fired for raising concerns

(AP) A former spokesperson for Liberty University is suing the evangelical Virginia school after being fired, alleging in a lawsuit filed oct. 25 that his termination came in retaliation for voicing concerns that sexual misconduct accusations were mishandled. Scott Lamb, ...

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High court slightly amends judicial emergency order (access required)

In issuing the 30th order extending the declaration of judicial emergency in Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia slightly changed the guidance for establishing safety protocols in Virginia’s courts. The order, issued Oct. 25, still allows the chief judges and ...

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Virginia man indicted in 2019 death of infant child

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia man has been charged with murder in the death of his infant child nearly two years ago, police said. Virginia Beach police announced in a news release Oct. 26 that La’Shaun Quintae Holloway, 23, was ...

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Applications sought for federal judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, are currently accepting applications for a pending vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The senators are accepting applications through Nov. 8 for candidates to succeed ...

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Judge to sentence neo-Nazi group members under terrorism law

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) Two neo-Nazi group members intended to engage in terrorist activity before FBI agents arrested them ahead of a pro-gun rally in Virginia, a federal judge concluded Oct. 25. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang’s decision to apply a ...

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‘Unite the Right’ rally’s planners accused in civil trial

(AP) The violence at the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville shocked the nation, with people beaten to the ground, lighted torches thrown at counterdemonstrators and a self-proclaimed Hitler admirer ramming his car into a crowd, killing a ...

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Manslaughter charges dismissed against Park Police officers

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal judge on Oct. 22 tossed out involuntary manslaughter charges against two U.S. Park Police officers who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in Northern Virginia four years ago. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton issued an opinion ...

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