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Dead men speak: Statute permits unlimited hearsay (access required)

A sharp dispute over personal injury damages in a rear-ender has spotlighted Virginia’s limitless hearsay exception allowing evidence of any relevant statement by a deceased party, regardless of circumstances. The fender-bender plaintiff came away from trial with a zero-dollar verdict, now affirmed by the Supreme Court of Virginia. But on appeal, justification of the jury’s no-recovery ...