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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Grisham to base movie script on Norfolk rape case (access required)

NORFOLK—Author John Grisham is turning his talents to the big screen with a high-profile Norfolk rape and slaying case. The author of a bookshelf of legal thrillers is writing a screenplay about the case of Michelle Moore-Bosko. The body of ...

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4th Circuit divides onchild restraint case (access required)

A child who suffers from cerebral palsy has a constitutional right to be free from unreasonable restraint, even though her condition requires her to be strapped into a wheelchair for much of the school day, a divided panel of the ...

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Richmond lawyer pleads guilty to child pornography (access required)

Richmond lawyer Thomas D. Johnston pleaded guilty earlier this month to receipt of child pornography. Johnston, 63, faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years when U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On June 26, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public reprimand with terms on Richmond lawyer Reuben V. Greene for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence and communication. According to the VSB, the misconduct occurred in three criminal ...

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Civil Procedure – Dec Action – Termination Petitions – GAL Request (access required)

A Culpeper County Circuit Court says the local social services agency cannot use a declaratory judgment action to determine the need for an independent action to set aside under Va. Code § 8.01-428, and the court sustains defendant GAL’s demurrer. ...

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DOMESTIC RELATIONS – Spousal Support – Property Valuation (access required)

Although husband argues that the divorce court erred in valuing his tools according to an amount listed in an insurance policy, not valuing a Kubota tractor on its current net value, and not valuing the marital residence at its replacement ...

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WORKERS’ COMP – Guaranty Fund – Sanctions (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms a commission opinion assessing a $1,600 sanction against appellant Virginia Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association pursuant to a remand from a 2007 decision from this court in Miller v. Potomac Hosp. Fund, 50 Va. ...

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CRIMINAL – Sentencing – Electronic Monitoring (access required)

The request of a defendant convicted of six embezzlement and one grand larceny charges to serve the remainder of her sentence under the Department of Corrections home electronic incarceration program is moot, as she has completed serving the active portion ...

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CRIMINAL – Murder – Defendant’s Statements & Photos (access required)

At defendant’s trial for first-degree murder, the trial court did not err in denying defendant’s motion to suppress statements he made to police and photographs taken by police of defendant’s chest when he lifted his shirt in response to their ...

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CRIMINAL – Appeals – Rule 5A:18 – Search & Seizure (access required)

Because defendant’s failure to file a timely suppression motion under Va. Code § 19.2-266.2 provided the trial court with a freestanding basis for denying defendant’s motion, the Court of Appeals need not consider defendant’s appellate claim arising from the search, ...

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