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Court splits over case of missing witnesses

A Virginia Beach man says he never got his rightful day in court because the clerk’s office re­fused to summon his witnesses. Although he blamed his predic­ament on a so-called “shadow docket” at the clerk’s office, his opponent says it likely was just a miscommunication. A four-justice majority of the Su­preme Court of Virginia upheld the ...