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Monthly Archives: June 2007

Physical contact needed for leaving-scene charge (access required)

A driver can be convicted of felony leaving the scene of an accident only if there is physical contact or the driver was the proximate cause of the wreck, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The June 8 decision ...

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Tort Claim damages cap applies after jury's verdict (access required)

A judge hearing a claim under the Virginia Tort Claims Act erred when he applied that act’s damages cap before the case went to the jury, according to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The issue arose from injuries Suzanna S. ...

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Withdrawal of guilty pleas should have been allowed (access required)

A woman trying to withdraw her guilty pleas before she was sentenced on several felonies should have been allowed to do so, the Supreme Court of Virginia has held. The trial judge and the Virginia Court of Appeals erred in ...

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Court rules against Bush's enemy combatant policy (access required)

(AP) The Bush administration cannot legally detain a U.S. resident it believes is an al-Qaida sleeper agent without charging him, a divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The court said sanctioning the indefinite detention ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects death row inmate's appeal (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a man sentenced to death in Virginia for the murder of a 16-year old girl in 1999. Paul Warner Powell, 29, filed a petition for review and was denied, ...

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Only woman on Virginia's death row loses in high court (access required)

The only woman on Virginia’s death row failed to convince the state’s highest court that her trial lawyer violated her constitutional rights by failing to present evidence that could have spared her the death penalty. The Supreme Court of Virginia ...

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Justices say company cannot move case to federal court (access required)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last Monday that Philip Morris Cos. Inc. cannot move a lawsuit by cigarette smokers into federal court. The unanimous decision came in a case that consumers filed against the cigarette company in state court in ...

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Supreme Court rules employers of abusers are not liable (access required)

A man’s attempt to hold the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond financially liable for his alleged childhood abuse by two priests was rejected by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The unanimous decision June 8 affirmed a lower court’s ruling that ...

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Hundreds of used-oil barrels found at former recycling business (access required)

HILTONS—Federal environmental officials are assessing the site of an abandoned recycling business where hundreds of metal drums that once contained used motor oil were found. Several above-ground containers with capacities of up to 20,000 gallons were found as well as ...

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Citizens urge high court to halt wind farm project (access required)

Opponents of a proposed Highland County wind farm cite danger to migratory birds and spoiled scenic vistas, but they are basing their court challenge on a much more mundane issue: whether officials followed proper procedures in approving the project. David ...

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