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Court considers ‘good cause’ for courtroom cameras (access required)

A Charlottesville Circuit Court offered “mere speculation” to justify its decision to bar cameras from the courtroom when it sentenced George Huguely V to 23 years in prison for killing his former girlfriend, Charlottesville lawyer Gregory S. Duncan told the ...

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Challenge to waterfront plan dismissed as moot (access required)

Procedural maneuvering between a city planning director and three citizens who challenged a proposed waterfront plan has ended with the challengers’ appeal dismissed as moot by the Supreme Court of Virginia. First, the three appellants filed a protest of the proposed Text Amendment ...

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Court to hear tunnel tolls arguments (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has allotted an hour next month for lawyers to argue over whether a proposed public-private tunnel project would impose unconstitutional taxes or valid user fees. The $2.1-billion Midtown Tunnel project in Hampton Roads was blocked ...

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High court dodges cat fight (access required)

Henrico County zoning officials may not enforce a notice of violation issued to a woman who cared for feral cats near her home, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled in an Aug. 23 unpublished order in Mills v. Board of ...

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SCV is on the road again (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia’s justices will be on the road this month, looking to add cases to their docket for upcoming court sessions that start again Sept. 9. Writ panels convene in Richmond Aug. 28 to hear 32 petitions ...

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Federal court seeks guidance on Virginia business conspiracy law (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to help interpret Virginia law relating to the state’s business conspiracy statute. A request for guidance on state law from a federal court has been a ...

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Real estate buyer forfeits option, loses fees (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia went back to hornbook law on contracts to resolve a dispute over an option to purchase property. Williams Sheets and Karen Sheets leased property from Carmen L. Omeechevarria. The Sheets secured an option to purchase ...

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Real estate buyer forfeits option, loses fees (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia went back to hornbook law on contracts to resolve a dispute over an option to purchase property. Williams Sheets and Karen Sheets leased property from Carmen L. Omeechevarria. The Sheets secured an option to purchase ...

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Defendant pickup driver wins in I-81 crash (access required)

A driver who was rear-ended by a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer cannot collect from the pickup driver, the Supreme Court of Virginia said in its June 28 unpublished order in Venhorst v. Osbaldeston.  The case arose from an ...

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