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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Criminal – Alibi Instructions – Drug Deal – Jury Instruction (access required)

After surveying its prior decisions on alibi, the Supreme Court of Virginia adopts a new rule to promote uniformity, and says trial courts should grant an alibi instruction when there is evidence that the accused was elsewhere than at the ...

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Wife’s share of husband’s business debt reversed (access required)

Divorce today may be more about dividing debt than allocating assets. Virginia’s equitable distribution law accounts for both sides of the balance sheet, but a new case from the Virginia Court of Appeals refines the factors a divorce judge should ...

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Civil Procedure – Appeals – Property Tax Classification – Interlocutory Order (access required)

In this dispute between Chesterfield County and Comcast Cable Company over the county’s classification of certain personal property used by Comcast in its cable TV business not as “machines and tools” but as tangible personal property, the Supreme Court dismisses ...

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Justices mull felony drug sentencing case (access required)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on whether the use of a cell phone to set up a cocaine purchase falls under a federal criminal law making it a felony to use a phone to “facilitate” ...

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Real Estate – Ejectment – ‘Side-Switching’ Rule (access required)

The Supreme Court holds that in this dispute over a parcel of land in Alleghany County, the trial court did not err in submitting the issue of ownership of the disputed property to the jury, did not err in allowing ...

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High court speaks on three criminal law issues (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has clarified the alibi defense, explained when a defendant can get immunity for testifying against a co-defendant and distinguished a butterfly knife from a dirk or “any weapon of like kind.” The high court handed ...

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Five more bars announce their endorsements for federal seats (access required)

Five more bar groups have submitted their endorsements for a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a district court opening in the Eastern District of Virginia. The organizations and the endorsements are: • Virginia Women Attorneys ...

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