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Booze for minors appeals finally end

The brief marriage of George and Elisa Robinson is all over the Virginia appellate reports, but its absence from the U.S. Supreme Court reports means that each will finally beginning serving a 27-month jail term.

They were sentenced to three months on each of nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for serving alcohol at the 16th-birthday party of Elisa Robinson’s son from a previous marriage in August 2002 in Albemarle County.

That case hit every step in the appellate process before the U.S. Supreme Court refused recently to review their contention that their arrest stemmed from an illegal search that resulted in their arrests.

The Robinsons’ divorce while the appeals of the criminal case were pending produced an important en banc opinion in the court of appeals, Robinson v. Robinson (VLW 005-7-382). That case held that trust fund money that George Robinson used buy a home and two trucks and set up a savings account were not gifts to his wife, even though the property was held in both names.

The Daily Progress has an account of the criminal case and the order for the former couple to surrender to authorities on Monday.

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