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N.C. DUI convictions no predicate (access required)

A person cannot be adjudicated an habitual offender in Virginia based upon predicate drunken driving convictions in North Carolina, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The commonwealth may use DUI convictions from another state in habitual offender proceedings, but ...

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Misdiagnosis yields $1M (access required)

A Suffolk jury has awarded $1 million to a woman who suffered osteoporosis after her doctor misdiagnosed her with Lupus and placed her on steroids. The woman experienced a 40 percent loss of bone density, suffered numerous compression fractures and ...

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Practice tip: Adding spice to direct (access required)

Picture a great lawyer examining a witness. Whether you pictured Perry Mason, F. Lee Bailey, or perhaps yourself, you probably pictured a lawyer grilling an adverse witness who was sweating bullets and eventually blurted out the truth – not a ...

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New layer put on rape shield (access required)

Even though a defendant’s proffered evidence of a rape victim’s past sexual history did not meet one of the specific exceptions to the “rape shield” statute, the Virginia Court of Appeals has reversed the rape conviction to allow him to ...

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