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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Buddy Allen gives $2.6M to Randy Mac

Richmond lawyer Everette G. “Buddy” Allen and his wife Ann have given gifts totaling $2.6 million to Randolph-Macon College. Allen attended the Ashland school on several scholarships, earning his degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1962. He played on the college ...

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In Memoriam: Harold H. Purcell

Retired Louisa County Circuit Judge Harold H. Purcell died July 14 at the age of 87. Judge Purcell served in both the House of Delegates and the Senate before he went on the bench in 1966. In 1958, he patroned ...

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Civil Procedure – Nonsuit – Creditor's Rights – Credit Card Debt (access required)

A bank that nonsuited its first suit in general district court to collect debt on defendant’s first credit card with the bank, in the amount of $10,521, can refile in circuit court a suit that combines defendant’s alleged debt on ...

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Criminal – Theft Charge – Credit Report Production – FCRA (access required)

A defendant who allegedly provided information to police that prompted plaintiff to be charged with theft, a charge that later was nolle prossed, cannot obtain from three credit reporting agencies the plaintiff’s credit report in order to defend against plaintiff’s ...

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Tort – Va. Tort Claims Act – Notice – Pro Se Plaintiff (access required)

A pro se plaintiff inmate who filed a pleading titled “Petition: Virginia Tort Claims” in December 2006, with a signature line and certificate of service stating the petition was executed and mailed to the Virginia Supreme Court on Dec. 18, ...

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Wills & Trusts – Guardian & Conservator Fees – Incapacitated Adult (access required)

Over objections from a successor guardian/conservator for an incapacitated adult and from the Fairfax Nursing Center, the circuit court holds that the former guardian/conservator was justified in paying herself fees and expenses of $11,449, not the $26,920 of reimbursement from ...

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Criminal – Jury Pool – Excused Juror – Peremptory Strikes (access required)

At defendant’s trial for first-degree murder, when the court had to excuse a juror for a doctor’s appointment after the jury was sworn, the trial court did not err by reconstituting the panel and allowing both sides to once again ...

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Criminal – Malicious Wounding – 'Settled Insanity' Defense (access required)

A defendant charged with shooting his estranged wife 17 years earlier was not entitled to present a “settled insanity” defense and his convictions of malicious wounding and use of a firearm are affirmed. After shooting his wife eight times in ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Husband's Affair (access required)

Although husband contends the trial court improperly considered evidence of his alleged affair in making equitable distribution and spousal support awards, the appellate court upholds those awards. As part of her explanation as to why the marriage began to unravel, ...

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Traffic Offenses – DUI – Third Offense – Breathalyzer Operator (access required)

The appellate court affirms defendant’s conviction of driving while intoxicated, third offense within 10 years, in violation of Va. Code Sects. 18.2-266 and 18.2-270. Defendant appeals her conviction, contending she was denied various constitutional and statutory rights when the prosecutor ...

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