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No Pay for Expert on Interrogation (access required)

At defendant’s trial for sexually assaulting his two stepdaughters, a Fairfax Circuit Court denies defendant’s motion for funds to pay an expert to testify about psychological pressures that can be placed on a suspect during interrogation. Defendant’s motion requires the ...

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Dad’s Video Showed Visitation Exchanges (access required)

In proceedings mother instigated to revoke father’s suspended sentence for assault and battery, a majority of the Court Appeals affirms mother’s 10-day jail sentence for summary contempt under Va. Code § 18.2-456(1); father’s recorded and testimonial evidence contradicted mother’s claims ...

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Ineffective Assistance Claim Baseless, Court Says (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court rejects petitioner’s claim that his appointed counsel provided constitutionally ineffective assistance when he allegedly neglected to interview two potential witnesses, had a conflict of interest and failed to file a severance motion, and the ...

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