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Bias of medical expert an issue in traffic case – $600,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiffs – a husband and wife – were in their pickup truck, stopped in traffic on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach, when they were rear-ended by the defendant’s car. The plaintiff wife was treated by chiropractor John Clayton of ...

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Criminal – Habeas Petition – Discovery Order (access required)

A Norfolk Circuit Court says a habeas petitioner who asserts claims including ineffective assistance of counsel and conflict of interest, is not entitled to discovery related to the federal indictment and conviction of Norfolk police investigator Robert G. Ford. Rule ...

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Criminal – Habeas Petition – Filing Document Under Seal (access required)

A Norfolk Circuit Court denies a habeas petitioner’s motion to file under seal an unredacted version of an affidavit filed by one of petitioner’s attorneys, based on the litigant’s claim that “witnesses who provided the information have expressed concerns that ...

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Criminal – Habeas Petition – Discovery Order – Attorney-Client Privilege (access required)

A Norfolk Circuit Court says a habeas petitioner who asserts claims including juror misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel, is not entitled to discovery related to the federal indictment and conviction of Norfolk police investigator Robert G. Ford; however, the ...

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Criminal – Police Questioning – Videotape – Phone Calls (access required)

A juvenile defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy that would preclude prosecutors’ use of a videotape of her during questioning at the police station, and a Norfolk Circuit Court says the fact that the defendant was under stress at ...

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Patient attacks psychiatrist in Va. Beach hospital – $5,350,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a psychiatrist, was attacked in March 2007 by a mental patient who thought plaintiff has stolen his Quran. The attack occurred at the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, a 100-bed, 300-employee hospital. The assailant approached plaintiff twice immediately before the ...

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Negligence – Premises Liability – Club Security – Fatal Shooting (access required)

The estate of a man fatally shot outside the Granby Theater during the “Soul Provider Birthday Bash,” allegedly by a man who threatened decedent outside the theater within an hour of the shooting, may pursue its premises liability claim against ...

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Tort – Defamation – Public Official – Law Of The Case (access required)

A former Navy officer who nonsuited his claim that The Virginian-Pilot defamed him with an editorial that attacked his “openly racist and anti-Semitic” writings, cannot relitigate his status as a public official and public figure in his re-filed suit, says ...

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