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Tort – Defamation – Public Official – Law Of The Case (access required)

A former Navy officer who nonsuited his claim that The Virginian-Pilot defamed him with an editorial that attacked his “openly racist and anti-Semitic” writings, cannot relitigate his status as a public official and public figure in his re-filed suit, says ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Child’s Truancy (access required)

A mother contends her daughter’s truancy was not a valid, legal basis for termination of her parental rights under Va. Code § 16.1-283(B), and the Court of Appeals says termination on that basis was improper. However, the appellate court upholds ...

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Domestic Relations – Termination Of Parental Rights – Social Service Support (access required)

Despite intensive social services for three years, mother failed to remedy the conditions of physical abuse and neglect that prompted her child’s placement in foster care, and the Court of Appeals upholds termination of her parental rights to her child. ...

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Criminal – Sex Offender Registration – ‘Knowing’ Failure (access required)

A defendant who admitted he failed to register as a convicted sex offender cannot overturn his conviction for this offense under Va. Code § 18.2-472.1(B) by claiming the prosecution did not show that he “knowingly” failed to timely re-register, the ...

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