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VaNews - July 29, 2014

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DELEGATES QUERY MCAULIFFE ON IMMIGRANTS

By JONATHAN HUNLEY
Prince William Times

Four Prince William-area lawmakers contacted Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week about the issue of unaccompanied immigrant children, but the governor responded that the federal government and a Bristow nonprofit might better address their concerns. Republican Dels. Jackson Miller and Tim Hugo sent the Democratic governor a letter July 15, seeking details on what it costs the state to provide care for the immigrants, classified as "unaccompanied alien children."

MCDONNELL CASE

JURY CHOSEN IN MCDONNELL CORRUPTION CASE

By MATT ZAPOTOSKY AND ROSALIND S. HELDERMAN
Washington Post

One is a retired corrections officer. Another worked for seven years in financial services. A third lives in the same cul-de-sac as a staffer to former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell. The 12 jurors selected Monday to decide the case of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife — whose joint trial on public corruption charges kicked off in the federal courthouse here Monday — are an eclectic bunch, at least from the limited information that is known about them.

JURY SET IN MCDONNELL CASE; OPENING STATEMENTS TODAY

By FRANK GREEN AND JIM NOLAN
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

After opening statements today, the first government witnesses are expected to begin testimony in the federal corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. It took more than eight hours to select an eight-man, four-woman jury, and four alternates, out of a pool of more than 140 on Monday.

JURY PICKED, MCDONNELLS PREPARE TO FACE CHARGES

By BILL SIZEMORE
Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A jury was seated Monday in the federal corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, charged with using the powers of the governor's office to promote a businessman's products in exchange for more than $160,000 in lavish gifts, loans and other favors. The first Virginia governor to be indicted for conduct in office, McDonnell and his wife could spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted on all charges.

JURY SET IN MCDONNELL TRIAL

By TRAVIS FAIN
Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)

The jury is set in the federal corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell, and opening arguments are expected Tuesday. The couple left the courthouse separately after a full day spent winnowing a field of 150 potential jurors to a panel of 12, plus four alternates. A throng of reporters, photographers and cameramen followed the governor and his legal team, but he had little to say.

OUTSIDE MCDONNELLS' COURTROOM, A STUDY IN CONTRASTS

By JOANNE KIMBERLIN
Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

One city block stands between Capitol Square and the federal courthouse where the corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell began Monday morning. As the former governor and first lady were entering the courthouse - mobbed by photographers and reporters - all was quiet in the place where they once reigned.

WITNESS LIST IN MCDONNELL'S TRIAL INCLUDES 3 CHILDREN

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have filed a list of 61 potential witnesses in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife. Among those on the witness list are Maureen McDonnell and three of the couple's children, Sean, Rachel and Bobby.

FEDERAL ELECTIONS

MCCOLLUM CHALLENGING $3,500 FILING FEE FOR SENATE PRIMARY

By GRAHAM MOOMAW
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

A tense standoff developed at the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Shockoe Bottom headquarters Monday as former Richmond Mayor Rudolph C. “Rudy” McCollum Jr. was told he could not appeal a $3,500 filing fee required for next month’s firehouse primary in the state Senate’s 16th District. McCollum called the filing fee excessive and said it benefits sitting members of the General Assembly who already have campaign funds at their disposal. His opponents in the Aug. 9 primary are Dels. Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg, and Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond.

STATE GOVERNMENT

APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN VA. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

By MARKUS SCHMIDT
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

A federal appeals court panel in Richmond on Monday upheld a ruling from a lower court that struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges agreed with U.S. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s ruling in February that the 2006 amendment to the Virginia Constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause and due process clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS DECISION OVERTURNING VIRGINIA’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

By ROBERT BARNES AND JENNA PORTNOY
Washington Post

A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying that withholding the fundamental right to marry from gay couples is a new form of “segregation” that the Constitution cannot abide. The 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, upheld a lower court’s decision and extended an extraordinary winning streak in the federal courts for proponents of same-sex marriage.

APPEALS COURT AGREES: VA. GAY-MARRIAGE BAN INVALID

By BILL SIZEMORE
Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A federal appeals court declared today that Virginia’s prohibition on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. It’s the third such ruling at the federal appellate level following a string of similar decisions by district and state judges around the country and helps set the stage for a potential landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court settling the gay-marriage issue for the entire nation.

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS NORFOLK JUDGE'S RULING STRIKING DOWN VIRGINIA'S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

By PETER DUJARDIN
Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a Norfolk federal judge's ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage — saying that "denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society." A three-member panel of the court voted 2-1 to uphold U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen's February ruling striking down a 2006 state constitutional amendment and other long-standing laws limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

FEDERAL COURT STRIKES DOWN VIRGINIA GAY MARRIAGE BAN

By DAWNTHEA PRICE
Free Lance-Star

Same-sex marriage supporters hailed a three-judge panel’s decision Monday striking down Virginia’s ban on those marriages. Opponents criticized the judges for overturning a law approved in a referendum by Virginia voters. In a 2–1 decision, the 4th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional Virginia’s 2006 Marshall–Newman Marriage Amendment, which defined marriage as an act between one man and one woman.

U.S. APPEALS COURT PANEL RULES VA. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

By TREVOR BARATKO
Loudoun Times

A panel for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court's ruling that strikes down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. The three-person court panel ruled the 2006 amendment to the state constitution, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

APPEALS COURT PANEL RULES VIRGINIA’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Inside NOVA

A panel of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. It was unclear Monday afternoon if the ruling means circuit courts will be ordered to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses.