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Domestic Relations (308517) (access required)

No Abuse Of Discretion In this appeal and cross-appeal of a final divorce decree, neither husband nor wife has proved that the trial court abused its discretion in ruling on any of the multiple issues raised by the party. Duncan ...

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Criminal – Search & Seizure – Investigative Stop (access required)

Where an officer experienced in conducting narcotics surveillance observed defendant over the course of an hour late at night go into an alley with five different individuals for brief periods of time in an area known as an open-air drug ...

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Criminal – Other Crimes – Attempt To Impeach – Reversal (access required)

Where the trial judge allowed the commonwealth on rebuttal to prove defendant had been present at a store near the Pizza Hut which had been robbed on an evening two weeks prior to the Pizza Hut robbery in order to ...

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Criminal – Arson – Sufficiency – Appeals – Rule 5A:18 – Origin Of Fire (access required)

Although defendant did not object when the firefighter first testified that investigation of the fire had “eliminated the source as anything other than an incendiary fire, and defendant first objected when the firefighter was asked about any evidence indicating the ...

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Evidence – Attorney-Client Privilege – Crime-Fraud Exception (access required)

Where plaintiff parents are seeking certain documents from defendant hospital in connection with the parents’ suit alleging that the hospital fraudulently misrepresented to them that an independent criminal actor might have been responsible for the administration of an adult-strength dose ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Spousal Support – Change In Circumstances – Wife's Inheritance (access required)

Although the husband asserts that the death of wife’s mother, which occurred two years after their separation, may result in wife’s inheritance of approximately $25,000 to $40,000 which the court should take into consideration in a re-determination of equitable distribution ...

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