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Informant Brought Own Stash to Controlled Buy (access required)

Although a police informant previously was reliable, he violated his contract with police by surreptitiously possessing cocaine just prior to his controlled buy from defendant, which police did not discover until they searched the informant’s car again after the buy ...

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Suppression Hearing Reopened for Vehicle Evidence (access required)

A Norfolk Circuit Court reopens a suppression hearing to allow defendant to submit additional evidence in order to prove that the October vehicle inspection of defendant’s impounded vehicle did not confirm a police officer’s testimony about marijuana shake in the ...

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Res Judicata Bars P.I. Suit Revival (access required)

Although plaintiff contends it inadvertently inserted the words “with prejudice” into a dismissal order submitted in its wrongful death action filed earlier in Newport News Circuit Court, granting that dismissal with prejudice bars plaintiff from converting this personal injury action ...

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Court Compels ‘Instructor’ Testimony (access required)

In this medical malpractice action, testimony by personnel responsible for the instruction of defendant hospital’s employees is sufficiently relevant to ultimate issues in this case and reasonably intended to unearth admissible evidence, and the Newport News Circuit Court grants plaintiff’s ...

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Petition Claims Faulty Advice on Sentence (access required)

A Charlottesville Circuit Court denies a habeas corpus petition based on petitioner’s bare assertion that he pleaded guilty because his trial lawyer guaranteed a sentence no higher than seven years, when he in fact received a 13-year sentence. Petitioner’s claim ...

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