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Court wins grant to study senior judge system (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has received a $130,000 grant from the National Center for State Courts to study a system for using designated senior judges to sit in Virginia trial courts, Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser announced on Nov. 1. ...

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No Collateral Estoppel in Canine-Killing Case (access required)

Although two defendants were acquitted of misdemeanor charges related to the alleged shooting of dogs who were killing turkeys, a Dickenson County Circuit Court rejects defendants’ argument that their related felony prosecution is barred by collateral estoppel; the court denies ...

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Doctor defamation case can go to jury (access required)

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A jury can decide whether one doctor defamed another in a clash over treatment of a patient who died after being struck by a tractor-trailer, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Oct. 31. Dr. Bradley J. Cashion, an anesthesiologist, ...

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Delay in treatment led to vision loss, plaintiff claims – $1,100,000 Settlement (access required)

On Sept. 22, 2009, the plaintiff was seen by the defendant neuro-opthalmologist for evaluation.  The plaintiff reported a history of approximately six months of intermittent bilateral blurred vision and the acute onset of flashes of light bilaterally, which would encompass ...

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Mug shot publication listed wrong charges under plaintiff’s photo – $22,000 Verdict (access required)

On March 20, 2012, Shenandoah Crime Times published the plaintiff’s mug shot and alleged criminal charge, which read: “JAMES SUDDARTH, POSSESS, TRANSPORT FIREARMS BY CONVICTED FELONS X 2; DISCHARGE OF FIREARM IN OCCUPIED BUILDING; RECKLESS HANDLING OF FIREARM CPD.” The ...

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Judges have free hand on courtroom cameras, court says (access required)

A Virginia statute gives trial judges “great discretion” in deciding whether or not to allow cameras in their courtrooms, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday. Upholding the ruling by Charlottesville Circuit Judge Edward L. Hogshire to bar cameras from ...

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State Supreme Court allows tunnel tolls

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tolls on two existing tunnels to help pay for a third one in traffic-choked Hampton Roads are legally permissible user fees, not an unconstitutional tax, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled on Thursday. The justices unanimously ...

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Court denies Virginia Tech claims

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia on Thursday reversed a jury’s wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the 2007 killing of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. ...

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