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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Trainer at ‘Bad Newz Kennels’ pleads guilty

A co-defendant of Michael Vick has acknowledged spending most of his time taking care of and training the pit bulls fought by “Bad Newz Kennels” through September 2004. Tony Taylor, a 34-year-old Hampton man, pleaded guilty today to a felony ...

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Administrative – Black Lung Benefits – Survivor Benefits (access required)

The 4th Circuit vacates the Benefits Review Board’s retroactive denial of a miner’s 1989 claim for black lung lifetime disability benefits that had been approved 11 years earlier and paid to the miner until his death in April 2000, and ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Sixth Amendment – Appeal Instruction (access required)

A Virginia prisoner who claims his Sixth Amendment right to counsel was violated when his lawyer ignored his instruction to appeal his state firearm and marijuana convictions, has his federal habeas petition dismissed, supported by the state court’s credibility determination ...

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Criminal – Attempted Robbery – Cocaine Possession – Intent (access required)

A defendant’s convictions of attempted robbery, cocaine and heroin possession and firearm possession are affirmed despite his contention that the evidence failed to establish that he intended to rob an undercover police detective that he approached at a convenience store ...

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Criminal – Contempt – Court Appearance – Alcosensor Device (access required)

On rehearing en banc, the Virginia Court of Appeals upholds defendant’s conviction for summary contempt of court for appearing to be intoxicated in court and testing with a blood alcohol content of .10 as tested by the deputy. First, defendant ...

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Criminal – Disorderly Conduct – Nightclub Departure (access required)

A defendant who was arguing loudly with friends and was asked to leave a nightclub, and who continued arguing outside the club, appearing to push or strike a companion, and who was arrested for disorderly conduct after he cursed a ...

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Criminal – Eluding Police – Penalty Phase – Police Injury (access required)

Under Rule 5A:18, defendant cannot challenge on appeal the trial court’s alleged error in allowing two officers to testify in the penalty phase of defendant’s jury trial on charges of drug distribution and eluding police about injuries the police received ...

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Criminal – Murder – Defendant ID – Firearm Expert (access required)

The eyewitness testimony of two women, both of whom already knew defendant, that they observed defendant shoot the victim, was sufficient to support his convictions of second-degree murder and use of a firearm. In this case, the identity of the ...

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Domestic Relations – Child Support – Downward Departure (access required)

A divorce court abused its discretion by departing downward form the statutory child support guidelines without providing a sufficient explanation for doing so, and the judgment is remanded. The final divorce decree ordered husband to pay $827 per month in ...

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Domestic Relations – Spousal Support – Wife's Expenses (access required)

Although husband contends wife did not sufficiently demonstrate her need for a monthly spousal support award of $3,500, and the trial court erred by considering husband’s post-divorce lifestyle when fashioning the spousal support award, the appellate court affirms the support ...

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