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Juveniles’ Lengthy Sentences Not ‘Cruel’ (access required)

Two 16-year-old males who broke into a female college student’s townhouse and stole property and committed multiple sexual assaults against her at knifepoint cannot demonstrate that their aggregate term-of-years sentences violated the Eighth Amendment; defendants’ lengthy sentences – 133 years ...

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Pedestrian’s claim not barred by contrib (access required)

A woman crossing a post office driveway was not contributorily negligent for failing to observe a man who pulled out a parking space she had walked past, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Feb. 12. It sent the woman’s ...

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Convictions Vacated for Detective Perjury (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court vacates defendant’s 2012 drug and weapon convictions, as a detective in the case committed perjury in his testimony about the history and reliability of a confidential informant, which was extrinsic fraud that allows defendant’s collateral attack ...

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