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Batson claims: One that got away

Here are a couple more cases for your Batson file. Can a prosecutor strike a prospective juror she suspects would have trouble understanding complicated DNA evidence? It’s a question the Court of Appeals had to back away from, even after ...

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Psst! There’s an insurance policy

You know they want to know, and you know they won’t hesitate to speculate. That’s right, we’re talking about whether a party has insurance coverage and what difference it will make to a jury’s verdict. But Big Stone Gap U.S. ...

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No trailer coverage for $1.7M judgment (access required)

A woman who won a $1.7 million award in her auto-accident case cannot collect under an insurance policy endorsement that covered the trailer being hauled on State Route 15 in Loudoun County. The endorsement at issue, the MCS-90, is intended ...

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