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Lawrence Smith

Lawrence Smith

Lawrence J. Smith is Courthouse News Service's West Virginia correspondent.

Latest Articles by Lawrence Smith

Judge hands stronger than expected sentences to Maryland couple in espionage case

The former naval engineer and wife were each sentenced to the next two decades in prison for attempting to pass propulsion secrets of nuclear submarines to a foreign country.

Maryland couple pleads guilty, again, to taking money for nuclear secrets  

A former nuclear engineer and his wife saw their first pleas thrown out related to a conspiracy to sell an unspecified foreign government classified submarine information.

West Virginian challenges ban on recording legislative debate

A lawsuit filed by the ACLU claims a West Virginia Senate policy prohibiting the use of cameras violates the First Amendment and the state’s open-meetings law.