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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Civil Procedure – Discovery – General Objections (access required)

A Loudoun County Circuit Court grants defendant contractor’s motion to compel discovery responses from plaintiff asphalt company, which has only filed general objections to the discovery requests. I agree with defendant’s argument that the general objections of plaintiff to the ...

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Criminal – False Tax Returns – Continuance – New Counsel (access required)

At defendant’s trial for preparing false tax returns, the trial judge did not err in granting a continuance to allow defendant to seek new counsel, as defendant previously had been granted a continuance, the commonwealth had 14 witnesses present on ...

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Criminal – Speedy Trial Act – B&E – Credit Card Theft (access required)

As defendant failed to object to a commonwealth motion for a continuance, the speedy trial statute was tolled during that continuance, and defendant cannot demonstrate a speedy trial violation under the Virginia statute; the Court of Appeals affirms his convictions ...

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Criminal – Attempted Capital Murder – Police Car Ramming – Scuba Knife (access required)

On rehearing en banc, the Court of Appeals reverses defendant’s conviction for possession of a concealed weapon as a convicted felon, because the scuba knife defendant possessed is neither one of the items enumerated in Va. Code Sec. 18.2-308, nor ...

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Criminal – Supervised Release Violation – Nonprosecution Clause (access required)

Although defendant’s plea agreement included a clause promising not to prosecute defendant for the conduct underlying the agreement, the government nevertheless can rely on that conduct – a new drug trafficking offense – for a supervised release violation against defendant, ...

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Contract – Government Contract – False Claims Act – Retaliation (access required)

A former employee at a Head Start program who successfully prosecuted a False Claims Act exposing the agency’s submission of fraudulent claims to the federal government for an agency retreat wins his suit for agency retaliation against him, and the ...

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Civil Rights – Disability Discrimination – Housing – Mental Retardation (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court dismisses this dec action filed by The ARC of Virginia, a nonprofit advocacy group for mentally disabled individuals, that challenges Virginia officials’ proposed plans to replace a dilapidated 120-room institution with a new one about ...

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