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Monthly Archives: September 2010

(Speed) Traps for the unwary

It’s another holiday weekend. That means another press release from the National Motorists Association warning drivers about where you are likely to get caught speeding. The NMA bills itself as a “motorists’ rights group.” Back around the 4th of July, ...

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Long decline in jury trials may be over (access required)

The long decline in the number of jury trials in Virginia courts – civil and criminal – appears to have ended, according to the recently released 2009 State of the Judiciary report. The number of trials in both categories bottomed ...

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Traffic Offenses – DUI – Vehicle Operator – Rule 5A:18 (access required)

Although defendant contends neither a neighbor 200 yards from the scene of defendant’s auto accident, nor the state trooper who responded to the call about the accident, saw defendant operate the motor vehicle, there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to convict ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Relative Placements (access required)

A county department of social services spoke with numerous relatives regarding placement of mother’s two children, transferred custody to DSS from the paternal grandmother and investigated placement with the maternal grandmother, and the Court of Appeals upholds the trial court’s ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Grandmother Petition (access required)

Although a paternal grandmother cared for her two grandchildren from April 2003 until June 2007, the county department of social services determined in 2007 that the grandmother’s home was unacceptable and she was unable to care for the children and ...

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Domestic Relations – Default Judgment – Reopening Divorce Case (access required)

Although a divorce court granted wife’s motion to set aside a default judgment and reopen the divorce case, the court later granted the divorce after wife failed to file an answer within the required 21 days, and then dismissed wife’s ...

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