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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Criminal – Cocaine – Intent To Distribute – Crack Packaging (access required)

Expert testimony from a police detective about the packaging of 3.322 grams of crack cocaine in a bag defendant kept in his buttocks supported the trial court conclusion that defendant intended to distribute the drugs, and the Court of Appeals ...

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Criminal – Drug Conspiracy – Jury Instruction – Accommodation Defense (access required)

At defendant’s trial on multiple counts of drug conspiracy and distribution, the trial court did not err in declining to instruct the jury on the lesser punishment of distribution for accommodation because defendant claimed she was simply doing a favor ...

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Criminal – Forcible Sodomy – Aggravated Battery – Teen Witness Credibility (access required)

Although defendant contends the testimony of the teenage witness who described defendant’s sexual assaults of her when she was 14 and 15 was “inherently incredible,” the Court of Appeals says the evidence as a whole, which included extensive corroboration of ...

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That’s the ticket…

Here’s an item for the upcoming holiday weekend. It’s the 4th of July, and you’re traveling to visit family and friends. Or maybe you’re just trying to get away. You run a little behind, so you need to make time. ...

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The risks in opposing a pro se party (access required)

If you do any litigation, you have probably faced an unrepresented adverse party. According to statistics from the federal courts, 27 percent of all civil filings are by pro se litigants. In many state courts, the percentage is higher. Transactional ...

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Harding elected to VSB Council

Andrew Harding of Harrisonburg has been elected to the Virginia State Bar Council representing the 26th judicial circuit. He replaces George Shanks who now is VSB president-elect. Harding outpolled Carter Foulds of Winchester 101-77 in a special election. By Peter ...

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Urbanski and Wright Allen recommended for judgeships

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators have recommended U.S. Magistrate Judge Mike Urbanski of Roanoke and federal public defender Arenda Wright Allen of Norfolk for two vacant federal district judgeships in Virginia. Urbanski has served as a magistrate judge in the Western ...

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