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Abuse Victim’s Complaints to Church Volunteer Admissible (access required)

Defendant is not entitled to reversal of his jury trial convictions for taking indecent liberties with a minor and aggravated sexual battery based on a hearsay objection to one witness’s testimony, the Court of Appeals says; defendant’s arguments are procedurally ...

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‘Aggravating Factors’ Survive in Piracy Case (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court denies defendants’ motions to strike certain non-statutory aggravating factors in this death penalty case against alleged Somali pirates. Defendants were named in a superseding indictment filed July 8, 2011, charging them with various offenses related ...

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Driver’s License Revoked for Federal DUI (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court says the federal DUI statute to which defendant pled guilty substantially parallels Virginia’s DUI statute, Va. Code § 18.2-266, and the court rejects the driver’s petition asserting it was error for Virginia to revoke his Virginia ...

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