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Purse was not a ‘tool’ (access required)

A woman’s handbag may be part of an “outfit” in the fashion pages, but not in a court of law. The en banc Virginia Court of Appeals, in a three-way opinion in Edwards v. Commonwealth (VLW 009-7-070), rejected characterization of a woman’s empty purse as an “outfit” intended to commit theft. Shoplifter Shakil Edwards was convicted in ...

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