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Calling all angels

The 2011 General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday, will be seeking to elect a new justice to take the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Koontz. Eight statewide bars have handed down endorsements, with the results a veritable crazy quilt ...

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Chief justice’s son pleads guilty in home invasion

Leroy R. Hassell Jr., son of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, pleaded guilty to robbery and two other charges Thursday, apparently with no deal on sentencing, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. A life sentence is possible, according ...

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Retirement, 21 years later

John Charles Thomas recently retired from the Supreme Court of Virginia. Wait a minute. Thomas hasn’t been on the court since 1989, you say. That’s true. In 1983, at age 32, Thomas became the first African-American to sit on the ...

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Search & Seizure – Traffic Stop – Anonymous Tip – Outstanding Warrants (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia affirms defendant’s conviction on cocaine and marijuana charges, based on evidence discovered pursuant to a traffic stop police made after they got an anonymous tip that a black male, about 5’7” to 5’9”, with outstanding ...

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Municipal – Water Surcharge – Non-Town Resident – Legislative Act (access required)

A town may impose a surcharge for water and sewer service extended to county residents outside the town, and the Supreme Court of Virginia reverses the circuit court’s contrary decision that struck down the 100 percent surcharge by the Town ...

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Criminal – Grand Larceny From Person – Struggle – Cash-Drawer Currency (access required)

There was sufficient evidence to convict defendant of robbery for grabbing cash from a convenience store cash register, after struggling with the cashier, but the Supreme Court of Virginia applies the “ends of justice” exception to reverse defendant’s conviction of ...

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Search & Seizure – Probable Cause – Public Intoxication Arrest – Cocaine (access required)

An officer had probable cause to arrest defendant for public intoxication, based on booze on his breath, his bloodshot eyes and belligerent conduct, and the search of his vehicle incident to his arrest was correct on the law at the ...

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