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‘Good cause’ to hear anti-sodomy cases (access required)

In Toghill v. Commonwealth, the Supreme Court of Virginia found good cause not to apply Rule 5:25, Virginia’s contemporaneous objection rule, and went on to hold that Virginia’s anti-sodomy law is constitutional, as applied to a defendant who solicited oral ...

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Kelsey installed as newest justice

Justice D. Arthur Kelsey was formally invested as the 103rd justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia on March 6, marking the latest milestone for the commonwealth’s high court. Presiding over the ceremony, Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons noted the ...

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Court upholds stop for no-signal turn

A driver’s unsignaled left-hand turn let an officer down the road stop the car, the Virginia Court of Appeals said when it upheld a marijuana conviction for a passenger in the car. The possibility that the unsignaled turn might have ...

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