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Officer’s Speed Estimate Supported Traffic Stop (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a traffic stop based on two officers’ separate visual estimates of defendant’s speed, as the officers’ radar certification training required them to visually estimate vehicle speed within a narrow margin of error; the subsequent open-air search ...

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IAD Does Not Cover Probation Violations (access required)

A Roanoke City Circuit Court denies a federal prisoner’s motion to dismiss state detainers filed on underlying charges of probation violation, as the Interstate Agreement on Detainers does not apply to probation violation proceedings. Under Article III of the Interstate ...

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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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