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Court Orders New Deposition, Not Default (access required)

Although defendant, who allegedly participated in an investment fraud scheme, failed to attend a scheduled deposition, the Roanoke U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge will take under advisement plaintiff’s request for default judgment and order defendant to attend a rescheduled deposition. ...

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Striking Unconscious Victim Was Not ‘Self-Defense’ (access required)

Although defendant, charged with continuing to hit and stomp a man he confronted on the Virginia Beach boardwalk, contended the evidence in this case supported a jury instruction on self-defense, the Court of Appeals upholds denial of the jury instruction ...

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Statements Suppressed, But Drug Evidence Comes In (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds a trial court’s decision to suppress statements defendant made to police prior to waiving her Miranda rights, but reverses the lower court’s suppression of evidence seized from a backpack and shaving kit. Social workers made ...

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Jury View of Intersection Denied in Manslaughter Case (access required)

In defendant’s prosecution for involuntary manslaughter and related charges in the death of a child in a stroller and injury to his mother when defendant’s vehicle struck them at an intersection, the Loudoun County Circuit Court denies the commonwealth’s motion ...

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