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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Criminal – Embezzlement – Convenience Store – Money Orders (access required)

Although defendant, who had worked as a 7-11 clerk for two weeks and was working unsupervised for the first time, claims the store videotape showed an unidentified person behind the cash register and then at the machine that dispensed money ...

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Lawyer’s defamation suit in blown appeal case dismissed (access required)

A federal judge in Richmond has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an attorney who contended he was defamed by an allegation that he blew a deadline in the appeal of an $8.3 million judgment. The federal case is one of ...

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$750K verdict scored in Amherst County (access required)

An Amherst County jury returned a $750,000 verdict last week for a woman who suffered multiple injuries in a 2005 head-on collision that fatally injured the other driver. Plaintiff’s lawyer Peter A. Katt of Roanoke said the case is significant ...

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Criminal – Cocaine Possession – Pipes In Car (access required)

The testimony of a passenger in the vehicle stopped for an obscured license plate that she saw defendant, another passenger, with a cocaine pipe while defendant was sitting in the front passenger seat before they stopped at a friend’s apartment ...

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Web 2.0 and the law firm Web site — Part II: Blogging (access required)

As you know by now, Web 2.0 is changing the Internet, and it’s important for law firms to keep up with the trends. The previous installment of this series offered some tips on enhancing your firm’s Web site presence with ...

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Criminal – Credit Card Theft & Forgery – Identity Fraud – Hearsay (access required)

The Court of Appeals declines to consider whether the trial court erred in admitting a detective’s testimony that a witness told him defendant asked her to keep a lawn mower “until the cops cooled down,” for purposes of impeaching the ...

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Uranium mining is topic of Chatham public meeting (access required)

CHATHAM—Both supporters and opponents of uranium mining urged a state commission last week to focus on safety in its study of the impact of extracting the radioactive substance from the rolling hills of Pittsylvania County. Some 450 people packed the ...

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Criminal – Meth Distribution – Sufficiency (access required)

A confidential informant who was known to defendant since childhood and who made an undercover purchase of methamphetamine from defendant provided sufficient evidence to convict him of methamphetamine possession and distribution, the Court of Appeals says. Defendant’s occupancy of the ...

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Norfolk woman who was Tasered files suit (access required)

NORFOLK—A woman who was zapped by a Norfolk police officer’s Taser is suing him for $5 million. Pamela Brown filed her lawsuit last week in Norfolk Circuit Court. Brown alleges that Officer Nicholas Parks violated her civil rights and used ...

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Criminal – Prior Conviction Document – Sentencing Information (access required)

At defendant’s trial for third or subsequent offense petty larceny, the trial court did not err in admitting a document showing a prior conviction for larceny during the guilt phase of the trial that contained sentencing information, and the Court ...

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