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Students tardy, mom pays the price (access required)

A mother’s criminal conviction for failing to get her children to school on time will be on the Supreme Court docket when school gets underway again next fall. A Loudoun County Circuit Court convicted Maureen Anne Blake on three counts ...

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Court allows new trial in plane crash deaths (access required)

Finding that a company accident report was improperly admitted into evidence, the Supreme Court of Virginia has cleared the way for a new trial in the case of two men who perished aboard a single-engine plane when it crashed into ...

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Justices overturn $2.5M verdict in truck-train crash (access required)

Concluding that a dump truck driver’s own negligence contributed to his death in a rail crossing accident, the Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed a $2.5 million jury verdict for the driver’s family. Driver Charles E. Settle Sr. died in ...

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‘Landmark’ discovery ruling may not be an option (access required)

Lawyers looking for a landmark ruling on discovery of hospital policies and medical record metadata may be disappointed, judging from Supreme Court arguments on June 5. The court granted a writ in Temple, Adm’r v. Mary Washington Hospital, an estate’s appeal ...

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Court restores claim for young assault victim (access required)

A child who was sexually assaulted by an older boy at a summer youth program will get another chance to make a case against a supervisor blamed for allowing the assault to occur. Greene County Circuit Judge Daniel R. Bouton ...

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No contributory negligence in p.i. case (access required)

A motorcyclist who hit an SUV turning across his lane of travel gets another chance to win damages, after a Virginia Supreme Court majority took issue with a jury instruction on contributory negligence. It takes just a little more than a “scintilla” ...

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Habeas granted on Padilla claim (access required)

Citing Padilla v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed habeas relief from a drug paraphernalia conviction that led to the petitioner’s detention by immigration officials after he served his state sentence. Marlon Borja Barrera initially was charged with marijuana ...

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Two justices dissent on pretrial order change (access required)

A seemingly minor procedural change for trial courts setting pretrial schedules in civil cases brought expressions of dissent from two justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The rule change approved by the court Friday allows judges to enter the ...

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Va. Supreme Court to post unpublished orders (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will allow easier access to some of its less prominent decisions. The court has agreed to start posting its unpublished orders on its website, the court’s clerk said Friday. Clerk Patricia L. Harrington said she ...

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Wife’s angry calls were threats, court says (access required)

A woman who grabbed her estranged husband’s cell phone after he called 911 and later left phone messages replete with cursing, name-calling and a warning that people would get what was coming to them, can be convicted of making telephone threats, ...

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