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Criminal – Hearsay – Juvenile Defendant's Statement – Matricide (access required)

At a juvenile defendant’s trial for the first-degree murder of her mother, the trial court did not err in admitting as evidence statements that a co-defendant made to the police prior to trial that were “partially non-self-inculpatory as to” the ...

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Domestic Relations – Child Support – Change In Circumstances – Child's Increased Expenses (access required)

A mother has shown a material change in circumstances warranting a reconsideration of a five-year-old child support order where the child, now seven, has increased needs and expenses, the mother’s payments under her prenuptial agreement have ceased, and the mother ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Marital Home – Proportionate Share Of Appreciation (access required)

A husband who contributed $2,500 in separate funds toward purchase of the parties’ marital home is entitled to a proportionate share of the home’s appreciation in value, or $4,798, in addition to one-half of the equity of the marital portion ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Clean Hands (access required)

Because both husband and wife have “blatantly lied” about such matters as the wife’s purchase of expensive diamond jewelry and husband’s income, the court concludes neither party comes to this equitable distribution proceeding with “clean hands,” and the court will ...

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Contract – Right-To-Purchase Agreement – Oral Modification – Statute Of Frauds (access required)

When parties to a written “right to purchase” contract orally agree to modify the contract, the oral modification need not specifically contain a waiver of the requirement that any modifications must be written. The complainant alleges that the “Second Addendum ...

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Negligence – Suit Against Employer – Strict Liability Claim (access required)

Although the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, Va. Code § 65.2-805, confers certain advantages on an employee who sues an employer who failed to provide appropriate workers’ compensation coverage, the statute does not allow the employee to assert a claim for ...

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Employment – State Employee – Grievance Procedure – Probation Counselor (access required)

Although the probation counselor for the Virginia Department of Corrections received a performance evaluation stating that he “exceeds expectations,” his complaint that he should have received a two-step pay increase, instead of a mere one-step increase, is not grievable under ...

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