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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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FCA Filing Bar Applies Despite Dismissals (access required)

Although related False Claims Act suits against defendant Halliburton and other defense contractors were dismissed by two other federal courts and this particular relator’s FCA complaint had been amended, the “first-to-file” rule for bringing FCA action nevertheless required dismissal of ...

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