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Tag Archives: Judge David H. Beck

Charges tossed amid claims of prosecutor misconduct (access required)

After defense lawyers argued prosecutors unfairly influenced a grand jury, a Fauquier County judge dismissed seven felony charges against a former attorney accused of misappropriating client money. Prosecutors then withdrew two felony charges of making false statements on tax returns. ...

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Patient suffered burns during unsupervised smoke break – $1,280,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a wheelchair-bound nursing home patient who suffered from psychosis, left side paralysis due to a stroke, a fractured left hip, total left arm contractors, a bad back, left side neuropathy, impaired field of vision and partial immobility. He ...

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Criminal – ‘Gambling Device’ – Free Spin Machines (access required)

Interpreting Virginia gaming statutes, a Spotsylvania County Circuit Court says that free spin machines operated by plaintiff business are illegal gambling devices. The parties both asked the court to interpret Va. Code §§ 18.2-325 and 18.2-325.1, as amended July 1, ...

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Sweet Stakes: Video sweepstakes games draw attention of prosecutors, legislators (access required)

Virginia prosecutors are looking for guidance from both judges and legislators as they face a proliferation of video sweepstakes games that some claim are illegal under the state’s gambling laws. While game operators contend they are in a “safe harbor” ...

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