At defendant’s trial for petit larceny, third or subsequent offense, of store merchandise, the trial court did not err in instructing the jury that “willful concealment” of goods while on store premises is evidence of intent to convert and defraud ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia grants a writ of mandamus to overturn an Executive Order that restored voting and other civil rights to some 206,000 Virginians convicted of a felony who have completed their sentences and periods of supervised release; ...Read More »
After his blanket felon-rights restoration order was struck down by the Supreme Court of Virginia July 22, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration said it would move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November’s election would be ...
Tagged with: Judge Stephen R. McCullough Justice Cleo E. Powell Justice D. Arthur Kelsey Justice Donald W. Lemons Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn Justice William C. Mims Supreme Court of VirginiaRead More »
Despite a plea from trial lawyers for guidance on when a defendant can cast blame on outsiders in a tort case, the Supreme Court of Virginia’s latest ruling on the issue of superseding cause is unlikely to resolve the issue. ...
Tagged with: Judge Walter W. Stout III Justice Cleo E. Powell Justice Donald W. Lemons Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. Supreme Court of Virginia Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationRead More »
A defendant who was wearing jail-issued clothing when tried for petit larceny, third offense, is not entitled to have his conviction reversed due to prejudice before the jury, the Supreme Court of Virginia holds. The only description in the record ...Read More »
Justice Stephen R. McCullough was invested as the 106th member of the Supreme Court of Virginia on May 23, at a ceremony featuring his family, his colleagues from the Court of Appeals and past co-workers at the Virginia Attorney General’s ...
Tagged with: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Judge Marla Graff Decker Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. Judge Stephen R. McCullough Judge Wesley G. Russell Jr. Justice D. Arthur Kelsey Justice Donald W. Lemons Justice Jane Marum Roush Supreme Court of VirginiaRead More »
A judge need not automatically recuse himself when a lawyer who regularly appears before the court is a witness or a defendant in a case, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The judge must “introspectively determine” her own impartiality ...Read More »
Virginia courts are under pressure to make sure traffic offenders have a realistic chance to pay off their court obligations without losing their driving privileges. The Supreme Court of Virginia is expected to consider a rule directing courts to provide ...Read More »
Mindful that some judges have not been re-elected after receiving low scores on the Judicial Performance Evaluation reports, Virginia’s trial judges continue to raise questions as the JPE program enters its third year in its second go-round.Read More »