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Monthly Archives: November 2008

NAACP files suit against Kaine over election preparation (access required)

The Virginia NAACP sued Gov. Tim Kaine last week, arguing that the state has failed to prepare for an unprecedented voter turnout in next week’s presidential election. The complaint, filed late Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, alleges that ...

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Mathews elected to lead American Bar endowment (access required)

Richmond lawyer Roderick B. Mathews has been elected to serve as president of the American Bar Endowment, a charitable affiliate of the 400,000-member American Bar Association. The election took place at the August annual meeting of the association in New ...

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Tort – Defamation – Blog Postings (access required)

A developer’s defamation suit against a defendant who posted comments critical of the developer to a Web site called “thinkchristiansburg.com” is dismissed by a Montgomery County Circuit Court. Plaintiff developer brings this action alleging the Web site and an unnamed ...

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Domestic Relations – Show Cause Petition – Real Estate Sale (access required)

A Fauquier County Circuit will hold a show cause on husband’s petition alleging wife has sold real estate to a third party in violation of the final divorce decree, and the court also has referred this matter to the commonwealth’s ...

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Criminal – Murder – Robbery – Venue Change – Pretrial Publicity (access required)

A trial court did not err in denying defendant a change of venue because of pretrial publicity and defendant’s convictions of first-degree murder, robbery and use of a firearm are affirmed by the Court of Appeals. During defendant’s second trial ...

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Criminal – Arson – Juror’s Hearing Impairment (access required)

A trial court did not err in denying defendant’s request for a new arson trial, based on his claim that a juror’s hearing impairment prevented defendant from receiving a fair trial, and defendant’s conviction of setting fire to a house ...

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Criminal – Child Sexual Abuse – Child’s Testimony (access required)

Although the fourth-grade girl consistently denied sexual contact with defendant until after he moved out of the home where she lived with others, her detailed testimony of her encounters with defendant and fear that she might “get in trouble” if ...

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Criminal – Involuntary Manslaughter – Reckless Driving (access required)

The Court of Appeals says there is sufficient evidence to convict defendant of involuntary manslaughter in a traffic accident, including testimony from one of the passengers in the car who observed defendant’s recklessness and excessive speed, a store clerk who ...

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