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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Virginia Tech shootings trial set for September

Two $10-million wrongful death lawsuits against Virginia Tech officials arising from the 2007 campus shootings have been scheduled for a nine-day trial beginning Sept. 26. The cases, brought by the only victims of the massacre who did not accept state ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Violence In Home (access required)

In light of the clear and convincing evidence that a mother, without good cause, failed to substantially remedy the conditions – including violence in the home – which led to or required continuantion of the children’s foster care placement within ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Physical Abuse (access required)

Evidence that a father physically abused his two children, did not obtain treatment for substance abuse and could not provide a safe or stable home supports the Court of Appeals’ affirmance of termination of the father’s parental rights. The evidence ...

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Criminal – False Pretenses – Forged Check – Refreshing Witness Recollection (access required)

At defendant’s trial for attempting to obtain money by false pretenses and uttering a forged check, the trial court did not err in allowing the commonwealth to refresh the recollection of a key witness without first laying a proper foundation, ...

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Workers’ Comp – De Facto Award Doctrine – Voluntary Payments (access required)

The Court of Appeals reverses the commission’s award of benefits to claimant Scott Patton under the de factoaward doctrine, which effectively precluded the employer from exercising its statutory right to contest compensability of the claim. In the alternative, the commission ...

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