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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Administrative – Sexual Abuse Finding – Circuit Court Authority (access required)

A circuit court erroneously usurped a hearing officer’s fact finding authority, and because the hearing officer’s disposition of “Founded-Sexual Abuse-Level One” was supported by substantial evidence, the Court of Appeals reverses the circuit court and remands with directions to reinstate ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Child’s MRSA Infection (access required)

A mother whose infant daughter suffered from periodic outbreaks of MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staph infection, and who was discovered to be disoriented and incapacitated from ingestion of prescription drugs and unable to care for the child, loses her appeal of ...

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Search & Seizure – Auto Search – False Information Arrest (access required)

An officer’s search of a vehicle for identification after arresting defendant for providing false information about his identity did not violate defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights under Arizona v. Gant, and the Court of Appeals upholds defendant’s convictions on the false ...

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Cuccinelli gives up donation from Navy Vets figure

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he will donate the $55,000 given to his campaign by the director of a Navy veterans organization that’s under investigation in several states. The donation from Bobby Thompson, whose whereabouts are now unknown, was ...

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Appeal goes ‘Up in Smoke’

On the heels of the ‘Shaggy defense’ comes a drug case out of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Our sister paper, the Daily Record, reports on a recent opinion that peppers in not one, but two, colorful pop culture references. ...

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Tower to retire as VBA executive director

Guy Tower will step down as executive director of the Virginia Bar Association in July 2011 after six years in the post. Tower, who will turn 70 next year, said in a letter to VBA President Steve Busch that he ...

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