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Commonwealth v. Sanchez

The Court of Appeals erred in finding that a hit-and-run defendant's conclusory proffer in support of a request for additional funds to secure trial testimony from a DNA expert showed the required ?particularized need.? The trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying the defendant's request. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed and defendant?s conviction is reinstated.

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Barrett v. Commonwealth

The evidence was sufficient to sustain the defendant's conviction under Code § 18.2-371.1(A) of a Class 4 felony for criminal neglect of her ten-month-old son, resulting in his death, and her conviction pursuant to Code § 18.2-371.1(B) of a Class 6 felony for criminal neglect of her daughter, aged two years and ten months. Changes in the charges after a prior reversal of her convictions were not shown to be vindictive, and the trial court correctly refused to quash the additional indictment. The convictions are affirmed.

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Johnson v. Windsor Insurance Company

The trial court erred in ruling under Code § 38.2-2204 that an insurer was not required to provide automobile liability coverage for a named insured alleged to have negligently entrusted the insured vehicle to a permissive user where the insurer had already paid the "per person" policy limit in settlement of a negligence claim against the permissive user. The judgment is reversed and the case remanded.

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Shilling v. Jimenez

The trial court did not err in sustaining a demurrer to an action by two landowners, aggrieved by the local governing body's approval of a subdivision of neighboring property, attacking that approval indirectly by suit against the subdividers and their successors in title. The judgment is affirmed.

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Christian v. Surgical Specialists of Richmond

The trial court erred in refusing to qualify as an expert witness a physician called by a medical malpractice plaintiff, after hearing evidence about his familiarity with the standard of care in Virginia. The judgment is reversed and the case is remanded.

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Waikoloa Ltd. Partnership v. Arkwright

In a case involving four limited partnerships, the chancellor correctly held that dissolution occurred when a managing partner's physical condition amounted to effective retirement, and that under express terms of the parties' agreements it was the remaining general partner's duty to sell or liquidate the assets of the partnerships. However, the chancellor erred in ruling that a successor partnership was required to make payments to limited partners in the original four partnerships based on a particular appraisal. The judgment is affirmed in part, reversed in part, and final judgment is entered.

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Barris v. Keswick Homes, L.L.C.

The trial court erred in ruling that a lot in a residential subdivision is no longer subject to a restrictive covenant prohibiting resubdivision without prior written consent of three-fourths of the current lot owners. The judgment is reversed and the case remanded for further proceedings.

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McGehee v. Edwards

The trial court erred in concluding that the term "direct lineal descendants" used in certain inter vivos trusts created prior to 1978 includes adopted persons. The decree is reversed and final judgment is entered.

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Brake v. Payne

After a plaintiff who lacked standing to bring an action took a nonsuit, the circuit court ruled correctly in a second action ? by a proper plaintiff ? in allowing a nonsuit as a matter of right because the plaintiff without standing and the proper plaintiff in the second action were not suing in the same right. However, the court erred by entering that nonsuit order nunc pro tunc to a date 18 months earlier when the motion for nonsuit was filed. The judgment is affirmed in part, reversed in part, and the case is remanded.

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Deecheandia v. COMMONWEALTH

The evidence supported the trial court's inference that appellant believed he was corresponding via the internet, and thus attempting to expose himself to, a child.

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SMITH v. SMITH

The court erred in refusing to enforce the prenuptial agreement, but finding no fault with the court's distribution of the martial home or award of fees.

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HUDGINS v. COMMONWEALTH

Appellant's acquittal on the robbery indictment acted as an acquittal of the lesser-included offense of larceny and the Double Jeopardy Clause barred the subsequent attempt to convict appellant of grand larceny from the person.

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EMERSON v. COMMONWEALTH

Evidence presented is sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that appellant possessed the cocaine with the requisite intent to distribute it.

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CARWLEY v. FORD

Without evidence, or a proper record of proceedings during which the agreement was made, this Court simply cannot conduct an examination of the circumstances in order to determine whether the trial court erred.

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Johnson v. Johnson

The trail court determined that husband did not meet his burden of proof and accordingly denied his motion to abate spousal support.

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EDMONDS v. COMMONWEALTH

Because the trial court did not indicate that it was taking judicial notice of the fact that the warrant gave appellant notice of the hearing, it deprived her of the "opportunity to be heard either to dispute the 'fact' or to object to the court's action."

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LEWIS v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in failing to grant mistrial or in overruling objection to improper impeachment testimony; one count of attempted robbery is reversed and dismissed as evidence not sufficient to sustain conviction

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Nelson v. COMMONWEALTH

No error in trial court's discretion in ordering, as a condition of probation, that appellant not operate motor vehicle for twenty years

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Wilson v. COMMONWEALTH

No error in trial court's refusal to allow appellant to withdraw his Alford pleas to second-degree murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of murder

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