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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Chief justice to get VTLA Service Award (access required)

Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. will receive the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 2010. In announcing the award, VTLA President Matthew B. Murray said it is intended to honor those “whose commitment to the law ...

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Criminal – Murder – Acting In Concert – Jury Instruction (access required)

At defendant’s trial for first-degree murder and use of a firearm arising from a high-school graduation party in Newport News, the trial court did not err in refusing to give defendant’s proposed jury instruction defining concert of action, the Court ...

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Criminal – Drug Possession – Sentence – Knowing Possession (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s conviction of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, even though he did not knowingly possession cocaine. The record contains evidence of acts, statements and conduct that show defendant had knowledge of the presence ...

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Criminal – Murder – Juror Strike – Attorney Disqualification (access required)

The Court of Appeals says that at defendant’s murder trial, the trial court did not err in refusing to strike the entire commonwealth’s attorney office from prosecuting defendant, on the ground it had a conflict of interest arising from one ...

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