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Monthly Archives: May 2007

Criminal – Drug Distribution – Steroids – HGH – Physician Defendant (access required)

A South Carolina physician who engaged in a seven-year conspiracy to concoct and deliver to professional and non-professional athletes performance enhancement drugs such as anabolic steroids and human growth hormone has his sentence of 12 months and one day, a ...

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Criminal – Appeals – Rule 5A:18 – Sentence Suspension Revocation (access required)

A defendant whose five-year sentence as an habitual offender was suspended cannot challenge the revocation of his suspension after his cocaine conviction because he did not preserve the issue for appeal. Defendant contends the trial court erred in sentencing him ...

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Criminal – Murder Trial – Gender- Based Peremptory Strikes (access required)

A woman’s conviction for the first-degree murder of her husband is reversed because we hold that the commonwealth’s use of all of its peremptory strikes against five white females was gender-based and therefore improper. The commonwealth used all five of ...

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Criminal – Request For Counsel – Voluntary Waiver (access required)

After defendant’s retained counsel surrendered her law license and did not return his retainer, the trial court erred in determining that defendant waived his right to counsel without making defendant aware of the dangers and disadvantages of such a waiver. ...

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Criminal – Robbery – Firearm Use – Two Incidents (access required)

Although defendant challenged the eyewitness identification of him by the victim, his conviction is affirmed.. The sole issue on appeal is whether the evidence was sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant robbed K.H. using a firearm, in ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Civil Union (access required)

As this court previously has held in this litigation involving parental rights of two women who entered into a civil union in Vermont, the court holds that it is clear that the trial court likewise erred in this case, Record ...

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Search & Seizure – Warrantless Search – Strip v. Body Cavity Search (access required)

Police who approached defendant as he left a house where two previous drug arrests had been made, and who arrested him after ascertaining that he had an outstanding probation violation warrant, violated the Fourth Amendment when they conducted a visual ...

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Criminal – Drug Trafficking – Enhanced Sentence (access required)

In this case in which the indictment charged defendant with, and the jury found him responsible for, over 50 grams of crack cocaine in counts 1 and 3, the defendant is eligible for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment under ...

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VSB now provides online directory on 'opt-in' basis (access required)

Virginia State Bar members now may make their names, addresses and phone numbers available to the public in a directory on the VSB Web site. Members must opt in through the “Member Login” button to be included in the directory. ...

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