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Monthly Archives: November 2007

Criminal – Cocaine Possession – Certificate Of Analysis (access required)

A defendant cannot overturn his conviction for cocaine possession on the ground that the trial court should not have admitted into evidence a certificate of analysis “despite defense counsel not having received such after making proper request.” Defendant was indicted ...

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Criminal – Robbery – Firearm Use – Other Crimes (access required)

The trial court did not err in calling at defendant’s robbery trial four witnesses, each of whom was a victim of a robbery perpetrated in a manner strikingly similar to this robbery, to prove defendant’s identity of the robbery at ...

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Domestic Relations – Spousal Support – False Accusations (access required)

A wife who made false accusations against husband of committing adultery with 10 women and one man, of sexually molesting a former roommate and of sexually abusing the parties’ son, along with her directing husband to move out of the ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Jurisdiction (access required)

Because the juvenile and domestic relations court and the trial court lacked jurisdiction to consider petitions filed by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Inc. seeking termination of a mother’s parental rights to her five children under Va. Code ...

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Search & Seizure – Investigatory Stop – Trespass – Drug Sale (access required)

A detective who observed defendant standing by a “No Trespass” sign at a public housing complex and saw defendant flee after gesturing to the detective to “wait,” when the detective asked defendant “Can I get a 20,” meaning can I ...

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Workers' Comp – Injury – Mechanical/Structural Change (access required)

Although employer contends the commission erred in failing to analyze whether claimant proved a “mechanical or structural change” in his lumbar spine as a result of his Feb. 17, 2006 compensable work accident in order to prove a new “injury” ...

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Workers' Comp – Workplace Fall – Arising Out Of (access required)

The commission erred in finding a compensable injury that arose out of a social services employee’s fall while entering her place of employment, and the award of benefits is reversed. Claimant fell while entering employer’s Bristol offices to begin her ...

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Criminal – Drug Conspiracy – Murder – Aiding & Abetting (access required)

In these consolidated appeals by three defendants of their convictions for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and related offenses in the “Lexington Terrace” neighborhood in West Baltimore, the district court judgments are affirmed. On Sept. 17, 2002, a grand jury ...

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Criminal – Felon In Possession – ACCA – 'Violent Felony' (access required)

A district court did not err in sentencing defendant to 180 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Sects. 922(g)(1), 924(a) and 924(e), under the Armed Career Criminal ...

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