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Criminal – Batson Claim – Race-Neutral Reasons (access required)

Where the prosecutor stated that he struck two of three African-American jurors because one was inattentive and the other one was a nurse who might possess knowledge about the value of medical supplies, the items taken in the charge of ...

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Traffic Offenses – Habitual Offender – GAL – Exhibit Of Driving Record (access required)

Although appellant contends he was a chronic alcoholic at the time he was adjudicated an habitual offender, he has not demonstrated under Pigg v. Commonwealth, 441 S.E. 2d 216 (1994), that his status or condition prevented him from understanding or ...

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Property – Foreclosure Sale – Trustee's Authority (access required)

Although the trustee on the third deed of trust claims the foreclosure sale was invalid because there was confusion over the terms and conditions of the sale, the court concludes that the terms were set forth clearly in the advertisement ...

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Property – Subdivision Approval – Developer's Voluntary Road Improvements (access required)

Although the landowners adjacent to the subdivision contend that the board of supervisors improperly approved a subdivision plat after the subdivision developer agreed to privately fund improvements to a state highway that provided access to the subdivision, the plat was ...

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Corporate (access required)

Parent Liability For Subcontract Where a subcontractor from whom payments were withheld sued its own subcontractor for breach of contract and negligent workmanship in setting limestone panels in a building, the trial court declines to dismiss as a defendant the ...

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Negligence – Auto Accident – Punitive Damages – Epileptic Driver (access required)

Although plaintiff alleges that defendant, who suffers from epilepsy, drove his car while he was not feeling well, knowing that his physician had advised him that the Department of Motor Vehicles might place restrictions on defendant’s driver’s license, the court ...

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Zoning – Open Space – Mootness (access required)

Where the circuit court earlier found moot the decision of the zoning administrator, affirmed by the Board of Zoning Appeals, that a particular parcel is open space and not developable by right, the court on reconsideration concludes that the zoning ...

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Civil Practice – Severance – Two Independent Auto Accidents (access required)

Where plaintiff alleges that while he was recuperating from his first auto accident, he became involved in a second auto accident with an entirely different driver, plaintiff is entitled to try both lawsuits against the two separate drivers in one ...

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Criminal – Grand Larceny – Officer's Inconsistent Accounts (access required)

Although the police officer who observed defendant remove items from a retail store where he had been cleaning offered trial testimony that was somewhat inconsistent with his notes about what transpired that evening, the court concludes the officer did not ...

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