After finding a defendant guilty at a bench trial of grand larceny from a Sears store, a trial court did not have “inherent authority” to defer charges and ultimately find the defendant guilty of a misdemeanor; the Court of Appeals ...Read More »
Monthly Archives: July 2011
A parent facing jail time for back child support has minimal due process rights, the U.S. Supreme Court said late last month. An initial review of current practice in Virginia indicates courts in the commonwealth provide even greater protection than ...Read More »
The U.S. Sentencing Commission has given retroactive effect to its proposed permanent amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines for crimes involving crack cocaine. The action could make 12,000 federal offenders eligible to seek a reduction in their prison sentence. A ...
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A Spotsylvania County mother says being banned from schools and daycare centers because of a 1993 sex offense violates her constitutional right to rear her children. But a Richmond federal court has dismissed her lawsuit challenging a Virginia statutory scheme ...Read More »
A Richmond electrical contractor can go after the personal assets of an electrical engineer whose company allegedly botched a job at the University of Richmond. Henrico County Circuit Judge Gary A. Hicks let the contractor pierce the corporate veil of ...Read More »
A Roanoke County jury has awarded $53,800 apiece to most of 16 former nursing students who said their nursing school failed to tell them when it lost its accreditation. The verdict against the state caps a nine-day trial and three ...Read More »