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Criminal – Fair Trial – Distracted Juror (access required)

A trial court did not err in declining to excuse for cause a juror who stated she would be distracted during trial by a deadline at work, but that she would “make an attempt” to give the trial her attention; ...

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Workers' Comp – Untimely Notice Of Accident – Back Injury (access required)

Although claimant testified that he told his employer that his back was hurting, he did not provide the employer with any details about any work-related accident within 30 days after the occurrence of the alleged accident and after claimant had ...

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Domestic Relations – Reimbursement Alimony – Prior Cohabitation (access required)

A trial court’s acknowledgement that the husband made a “vast majority” of the monetary contributions and “aided” in wife’s legal education prior to the parties’ marriage did not require the court to award husband “reimbursement alimony.” On completion of the ...

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Criminal – Fair Trial – Cross-Exam On Defendant's Alibi (access required)

The judge at defendant’s trial for robbery did not err in permitting the prosecutor to cross-examine defendant concerning his failure to inform police of his alibi following his arrest; the record does not show that defendant remained silent at the ...

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Civil Practice – Venue – Church Attendance (access required)

A defendant’s church attendance two or three times weekly in the City of Richmond is sufficient to maintain venue in the city under Va. Code § 8.01-262. The court rules that two or three visits per week to church is ...

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Civil Practice – Nonsuit – Entry Of Order – Time Limit To Refile (access required)

Although counsel and the court labored under the misapprehension that a formal order of nonsuit had been entered in this case, the court denies defendant’s motion to now enter an order nunc pro tunc to July 7, 1994, the date ...

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Search & Seizure – Airport – Consent To Search Luggage (access required)

A police officer’s approach toward defendant in a tunnel leading from an airport was a consensual encounter and the defendant’s consent to have his suitcase searched was voluntary so that the results of the search need not be suppressed. The ...

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