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Monthly Archives: June 2008

“Coon dog” civil trial goes to jury

We are scratching our heads trying to understand the theory of liability in this bribery case arising from Buchanan County flood damage. It’s well-established that county officials solicited and accepted bribes, including a coon dog, from contractors in exchange for ...

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Bar groups endorse SCC candidates

The Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association have endorsed candidates for the State Corporation Commission vacancy created by the retirement of Commissioner Theodore V. Morrison Jr. The VSB’s judicial nominations committee told Gov. ...

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Do you have a right to send anonymous e-mail?

If you believe that the US Constitution gives you the right to send anonymous non-commercial e-mails, your champion at the Supreme Court of Virginia is spammer Jeremy Jaynes. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, Richmond attorney Tom Wolf made the case for Jaynes before ...

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Emergency doctor claims hospital got her fired

When Dr Karen Alldredge of Salem was bounced from her practice group of ER physicians, she did not sue her colleagues who voted her off their island; instead, she sued the hospital that, she claims, wrongly forced her colleagues to ...

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Judge sets aside jury’s criminal verdict

Virginia Beach circuit Judge Joseph Canada has set aside a jury’s guilty verdict in a case against a police officer accused of extorting money. According to WAVY, the judge did not think that the evidence was sufficient for conviction. Update: ...

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Lesbian mom denied visitation

This just in: Breaking up is still hard to do. In fact, it may be getting more difficult for same-sex couples, as Virginia courts continue to face the fallout when same-sex relationships fall apart. Last Friday the VLW Blog reported ...

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Criminal – Voluntariness Of Confession – Request For Lawyer (access required)

A defendant who told police, “I am willing to talk, but can I have a lawyer in here or something?” did not unequivocally invoke his Fifth Amendment right to counsel, and the trial court did not err in refusing to ...

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Criminal – Attempted Burglary – Home Break-In (access required)

There was sufficient evidence to show defendant attempted to break into a home, the Court of Appeals says, where defendant approached the house at about midnight, the couple’s vans were parked out of sight and the interior of the home ...

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Criminal – Animate Object Sexual Penetration – Statement Of Facts (access required)

A defendant’s failure to include a transcript or statement of facts prevents the Court of Appeals from considering defendant’s claim that his statements to police about sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman who had fallen asleep on the sofa where defendant ...

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