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Employment Discrimination – Race – Statistical Evidence – Intelligence Analyst (access required)

Where plaintiff, who was denied a promotion to a particular intelligence analyst position and ultimately demoted from his former position at the Naval Technical Intelligence Center, sought to introduce an organizational flow chart to demonstrate that none of the 30 ...

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Evidence – Negligence – Auto Accident – Illegal Alien – Evidence Of Alien Status (access required)

Although defendant wishes to question plaintiff, an illegal alien, in this automobile accident personal injury case about plaintiff’s procurement of a phony social security card to obtain employment in the United States in order to challenge his credibility, the district ...

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Civil Rights – Liberty Interest – Former Deputy – Jail Escape (access required)

Although a former deputy contends defendant sheriff’s statements about the deputy’s “involvement” with a jail escape were false and severely damaged his future law enforcement employment opportunities, the deputy has not demonstrated that he is entitled to a new trial ...

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Bankruptcy – Exemptions – Debtor's Pension Interest (access required)

Where debtor has an interest in an ERISA-qualified retirement account and his retirement plan provides that benefits payable under the plan shall not be subject to alienation, the debtor’s interest is exempt from the bankruptcy estate under 11 U.S.C. § ...

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Civil Rights – Prison Conditions – Deferral Of Parole Consideration (access required)

Although plaintiff Virginia inmates contend the Virginia Parole Board’s prior practice of reviewing inmates for parole in the first year they become eligible and every year thereafter has created a protected liberty interest, they have no such liberty interest and ...

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Bankruptcy – Exemption – Tools Of Trade – Photo Processing Equipment (access required)

Where debtors, who formerly operated a photo processing business and now assist their sons in operating a similar business, have exempted two photo processors, an inoperable enlarger and several filing cabinets as “tools of the trade” under Va. Code § ...

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Commercial – Guaranty – ECOA Violation (access required)

Where the bank required the wife of a principal in the borrower building company to execute a guaranty on a loan to the company, even though the principal was creditworthy on his own and the wife had no interest in ...

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Criminal (309608) (access required)

False Name Jury Instruction Where defendant gave a false name to police when he was aware they were about to execute search warrants for defendant’s motel room, which was in the same general area where two homes were burglarized within ...

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Criminal – First-Degree Murder – Minor As Defendant – Confession (access required)

Where the 17-year-old defendant voluntarily went to the police station for questioning, then confessed to murder after being served with juvenile petitions and after indicating that he understood his Miranda rights, the trial court properly refused to suppress the confession ...

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