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Criminal – Drug Prosecution – Certificate – Chemical Analysis (access required)

In this prosecution for felony possession of a controlled substance, a Fairfax Circuit Court rejects defendant’s motion to exclude a certificate of analysis as based on scientifically unreliable evidence, a chemical analysis performed on the suspected controlled substance, cathinone. To ...

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Unemployment Comp – Medical Receptionist – Insubordination – Patient Departures (access required)

A medical receptionist whose insubordination and discourteous conduct caused at least three patients of the medical practice to take their business elsewhere is not entitled to unemployment compensation because he was discharged due to misconduct, in this Roanoke County Circuit ...

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Court grants writ on faulty witness ID (access required)

Although faulty eyewitness identification has been the basis for most of the convictions overturned by DNA evidence, it’s tough to get an appellate writ granted, much less have a conviction reversed, when the judge or jury believes the witness. So ...

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