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Search & Seizure – Trained Dog – Storage Locker & Truck (access required)

Where police used a trained narcotics-detecting dog in the common area of a storage facility after they received a tip that one of the lockers was being used to store marijuana, and the police did not learn that the locker ...

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Criminal – Bingo – Excess Jackpots – Computation Of Prizes (access required)

Although the Veterans’ Association Commander testified that the association Bingo game “Players Game Jackpot” meant “Winner Take All” and that in those games, all the card sale proceeds were returned as prizes, his acknowledgement that game records showed that on ...

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Administrative – VRS – Disability Retirement – Denial Of Benefits – School Principal – Sexual Harassment (access required)

Where the trial court remanded this claim for benefits after it determined that the Virginia Retirement System may have applied an incorrect standard for determining disability, the claimant, who contends his narcissistic and psychosexual personality disorders prevent him from supervising ...

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Criminal – Speedy Trial – Revocation Of Waiver (access required)

Where defendants in this prosecution for feloniously selling unregistered securities orally waived their rights to speedy trials and later signed a blanket written waiver of their speedy trial rights under Va. Code § 19.2-243, that waiver was effective until five ...

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Domestic Relations – Spousal Support – Wife's Remarriage (access required)

The trial court did not err in finding that it was the intent of the parties in their property settlement agreement that husband’s spousal support obligation would terminate upon wife’s remarriage, and in concluding that husband therefore could not be ...

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Domestic Relations – PSA – Child At College – Contract Amount (access required)

Although the parties’ child was somewhat erratic in his college career, and did not always take classes which actually afforded college credit, the fact that he was enrolled and exerted some academic effort supports the trial court’s determination that he ...

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Criminal – Discovery – Murder Victim's Psychiatric Records (access required)

The trial court did not abuse its discretion by refusing to issue a subpoena duces tecum to obtain the murder victim’s psychiatric records because defendant’s affidavit did not establish a substantial basis for claiming that the victim’s psychiatric records contained ...

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Evidence – Hearsay – 'Opening The Door' (access required)

Although defendant contends the officer who arranged the drug buys by a confidential informant and swore out the affidavit for the search warrant made reference to certain hearsay evidence from the affidavit and this “opened the door” for defendant to ...

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