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Cox settles music piracy claims (access required)

Cox Communications reportedly is paying a “substantial settlement” to end claims that the company was lax in policing internet customers’ music piracy. The resolution of the lawsuit filed by music publisher BMG follows a $25 million Alexandria federal court verdict ...

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Verdict is $800K in police shooting death

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach jury has found two police officers responsible for gross negligence in the 2015 shooting death of a Virginia woman. The jury deciding the lawsuit filed by India Kager’s family cleared two other Virginia Beach ...

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Trump picks litigator for 4th Circuit seat (access required)

Washington attorney Allison Jones Rushing has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A native North Carolinian, Rushing is a partner with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington and is licensed ...

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Review: Officers falsified logs in at least 4 jail deaths

(AP) An investigator reviewing recent deaths in Virginia jails says he’s found at least four cases of officers falsifying logbooks by claiming to have made proper checks on inmates who died. Two officers at the Portsmouth City Jail and two ...

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Lawyer charged with groping woman (access required)

A Winchester lawyer has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with a July 21 incident with a client. Howard J. Manheimer, 48, is accused of the unwanted touching of a 24-year-old woman at a school basketball court, The ...

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Court won’t revive lawsuit over ill-fated prosecution (access required)

A man who says he spent more than two years behind bars for a crime that never occurred cannot sue the prosecutor’s office that persisted with the case, an appeals court confirms. A judge’s ruling that sovereign immunity protects Charlottesville ...

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Former prosecutor Heaphy to be UVa counsel (access required)

Former Western District U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy has been named the top lawyer for the University of Virginia. Heaphy will replace Roscoe Roberts, who is retiring at the end of the month, as university counsel, according to The Daily Progress. ...

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Former deacon charged in decade-old sex assault case

LEESBURG (AP) A former deacon at a Northern Virginia church that has faced criticism from ex-members has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenager more than a decade ago. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced charges against 62-year-old Kevin O’Connor ...

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Attorney: That’s not my signature in rally lawsuit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An attorney says his signature was placed on a court document without his knowledge in a lawsuit related to the 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Richard Harry said an Aug. 22 hearing that he has represented ...

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Settlement amount remains secret in lawsuit against officer

POQUOSON (AP) A settlement has resolved a lawsuit accusing a Virginia police officer of using excessive force, but the deal’s terms remain confidential. An insurance pool, the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs, paid the settlement this month in the federal ...

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