The Supreme Court of Virginia upholds the capital murder conviction and two death sentences for Mark Lawlor, a former leasing agent for an apartment complex who used a master key to gain access to a woman’s apartment and assaulted and ...Read More »
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Imagine walking around in another person’s skin, in order to understand him. Atticus Finch gave that advice to his daughter Scout, and it may have been on the minds of Virginia’s Supreme Court justices when they heard a trio of ...Read More »
A man who fathered a child with his girlfriend through in vitro fertilization can seek visitation denied by the mother, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Jan. 10. Although a Virginia statute declares that a sperm “donor” can only ...Read More »
Lawyer-blogger Horace Hunter faced the Supreme Court of Virginia Jan. 8 in the appeal of his disciplinary case, and he said anything he wrote about his clients’ cases is absolutely protected by the First Amendment. First Amendment scholar Rodney Smolla ...Read More »
Call it a finger on the scale of justice. The law sometimes gives an advantage to one side in a lawsuit, allowing a legal “presumption” about some key fact in the case. Presumptions can be overcome, but how much weight ...
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has opened the door to claims against individual supervisors who take part in the unlawful firing of an employee. The Nov. 1 decision in VanBuren v. Grubb (VLW 012-6-143), decided 4-3, is a victory for ...
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A circuit court did not err in granting a property owner summary judgment to allow subdivision of her four lots into eight smaller lots, rejecting appellee’s claim that the subdivision violated the restrictive covenant against subdivision because it did not ...Read More »
A homeowners’ association Declaration that allowed assignment of “a maximum of two parking spaces” within the common area requires spaces to be assigned equally among all lot owners, not unequally allocated among owners with and without garages, and the Supreme ...Read More »
A defendant’s malicious wounding conviction is reversed because the trial court erred in holding a witness who testified at a preliminary hearing was “unavailable” at trial due to a faulty memory; the Virginia Supreme Court majority does not reach the ...Read More »
In dispute over a 30-foot easement on property on Lake Anna, a buried propane tank and well did not constitute an unreasonable interference with the easement owners’ rights, and the Supreme Court of Virginia reverses the contrary decision by the ...Read More »