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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Domestic Relations – Child Support Orders – Notice (access required)

The Court of Appeals summarily affirms a trial court order dismissing and/or denying this appeal of several orders from JDR court and denying and dismissing other motions related to child support. Appellant contends he was denied due process because he ...

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While Fishwick nixes run for AG nomination (access required)

While the field grows in the race for governor, the field has narrowed by one in the contest for Virginia attorney general. Roanoke lawyer John P. Fishwick Jr. announced last week he will not run for the Democratic AG nomination. ...

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Search & Seizure – Vehicle Search – Consent (access required)

Although defendant contends his “consent” to search his vehicle was not voluntary because he was coerced with a “meritless claim of authority,” the trial court disagreed and concluded that the deputy had reasonable suspicion to believe defendant was engaged in ...

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Criminal – Cocaine Possession – Venue (access required)

Although defendant presented at trial a map showing that parts of some runways and roads at Dulles International Airport are in Fairfax County, this evidence was insufficient to demonstrate that venue in Loudoun County was improper for defendant’s charge of ...

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McAuliffe joins race for Demo nod for governor… (access required)

Former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe is finally a full-fledged candidate for governor of Virginia. McAuliffe began a weeklong, 16-stop kickoff tour around the state last week in Norfolk, making the bleak economy his campaign focus, stressing his business credentials ...

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State needs judgeships, Hassell to hold back (access required)

The Virginia Judicial Council has documented the need for 16 new judgeships in the state, but Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. will not ask the General Assembly to fill them this year because of the state’s budget shortfall. The ...

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Traffic Offenses – DUI – Notice – ‘Interests Of Justice’ Exception (access required)

The Court of Appeals says a trial court did not abuse its discretion in declining to apply the “interests of justice” exception in Va. Code § 19.2-266.2 to consider a DUI defendant’s constitutional challenge to Newport News City Code § ...

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Criminal – Involuntary Manslaughter – Hunting Accident (access required)

A hunter acted in a criminally negligent manner when he unintentionally killed a camouflaged hunter while shooting a muzzleloaded rifle at what defendant hunter incorrectly thought was a turkey at a time when he knew turkey hunting was prohibited, and ...

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High court rejects appeal of Chesapeake Airport case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will not hear the Chesapeake Airport Authority’s appeal of a lower court ruling that noise from its airport lowered the values of property in a subdivision near the airport. The rejection of the appeal clears ...

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