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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Mesothelioma blamed on exposure to brake pads – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, who was 59 at the time of trial, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in August 2006. The plaintiff sued a host of defendants, claiming that cumulative exposure to asbestos caused his mesothelioma. Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that he ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Mental Illness (access required)

A mother’s failure to come to terms with her mental illness, according to expert testimony, impairs her ability to care for her child and the Court of Appeals upholds the trial court’s decision to terminate the mother’s parental rights. Upon ...

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Criminal – Murder – Sufficiency – Malice (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms a defendant’s conviction for the murder of his 80-year-old wife with a .38 caliber pistol her son had given her for her protection, despite defendant’s claim at trial that his wife had asked him to ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Victim Impact Statement (access required)

At defendant’s sentencing for burglary, abduction and firearm use for breaking into his girlfriend’s sister’s home and holding her family at gunpoint for nine hours, in an effort to get them to have the girlfriend bring his daughter to him, ...

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Troubled Bridge Over Water (access required)

The company that built a series of bridges and constructed the Clarksville bypass segment to widen U.S. 58 wanted to be paid $24 million for a cost overrun. The Virginia Department of Transportation offered about $27 thousand. The dispute was ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds a circuit court’s termination of a mother’s parental rights to her three children, including her seven-year old daughter who had been left unsupervised for several days when she was removed from the home “in deplorable ...

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Future of Fair Trial Project in jeopardy (access required)

Critics railed for decades about the inadequacy of pay for attorneys who represent indigent criminal defendants in Virginia. But little happened until an organization was formed to hire a staff and develop a strategy to change public opinion and win ...

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