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  • Prosecutors cite Severance’s writings to connect 3 murders

    WASHINGTON — Charles Severance’s anti-government views evolved during the past decade or more and he became enamored with death and kidnapping, prosecutors said during a lengthy pretrial hearing Thursday in Alexandria. The city’s top prosecutor…

  • Md. woman convicted in 2nd house theft scheme

    WASHINGTON – A Maryland woman was convicted Thursday of stealing a Prince George’s County home that she did not legally own for the second time. After a two-day jury trial, Qiana Johnson was found guilty…

  • Driver enters Alford plea in fatal H Street crash

    WASHINGTON — A Silver Spring, Maryland man has entered an Alford plea to charges of voluntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of PCP for the February death of a pedestrian in downtown D.C. James…

  • Judge agrees to move venue for Severance trial

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The man charged with the murder of three Alexandria residents will be tried in Fairfax County, a judge has ruled. In a pretrial hearing Thursday morning, special Judge Jane Roush heard arguments…

  • Virginia court: Dad has rights after turkey-baster pregnancy

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights. The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the…

  • Prosecutor: Boy left home with baby on day he disappeared

    PULASKI, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says the parents of a Virginia boy found dead in a septic tank left him at home with his infant sister on the morning he disappeared. Pulaski County Commonwealth’s…

  • Ex-campaign treasurer sentenced for diverting funds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign treasurer for a former D.C. councilmember has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for violating campaign finance laws and evading income taxes. Thirty-three-year-old Hakim Sutton was also ordered to…

  • Judge puts ex-W.Va. coal baron’s bid to move trial on hold

    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge won’t decide whether to move former coal baron Don Blankenship’s criminal trial until after potential jurors are questioned in Beckley, West Virginia. Blankenship has asked for a change…

  • Man sentenced for killing murder witness

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man convicted of killing a witness to a 2000 murder in Washington has been sentenced to 38 years to life in prison. Thirty-seven-year-old Anthony Gray of Washington was sentenced Friday in…

  • Senate: Life without parole bill needs more work

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland bill that would put prison sentences of life without parole in the hands of judges needs more time for consideration, lawmakers said. Wednesday’s development came after state senators decided…

  • Va. driver charged $10K for unpaid tolls wins appeal

    FAIRFAX, Va. — A Fairfax County Circuit judge ruled late Tuesday against Express Lanes operator Transurban in a landmark case over unpaid tolls and the rules governing the privately operated toll lanes. Circuit Court Judge…

  • Judge: Charles Severance mentally competent to stand trial

    WASHINGTON — A judge has declared Charles Severance, the man charged with the murders of three Alexandria residents, mentally competent to stand trial. Now his defense attorneys have requested that the trial take place outside…

  • US judge delays civil suit in same-sex union custody case

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A federal judge is delaying a civil lawsuit by a Vermont woman against people she maintains helped her former same-sex partner and their daughter flee the country rather than comply with…

  • DC to stop routinely shackling juveniles in court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia political leaders and judges in the city’s federally run court system have reached an agreement to end the routine shackling of juvenile defendants during court appearances. Chief Judge Lee…

  • Former principal acquitted on charges of punching student

    LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland middle school principal accused of punching a student has been acquitted of child abuse and assault charges. Prince George’s County prosecutors say after hours of deliberation Thursday, a…