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Tax payments did not create right to illegal property use (access required)

The circuit court incorrectly ruled that respondent property owners who paid property taxes for more than 15 years acquired a vested right to continue their illegal use of two buildings. Code § 15.2-2307(D) provides that buildings or structures may not ...

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Evidence supported voluntary manslaughter conviction (access required)

Even though words alone are insufficient provocation to reduce murder to manslaughter, defendant cannot challenge her voluntary manslaughter conviction on this basis because she approved jury instructions that omitted this legal principle, says the Virginia Supreme Court. Defendant waived her ...

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Dangerous dog’s custodian liable for veterinarian bill (access required)

Even though a dog in appellant’s custody may have begun to attack a neighbor’s dog while on appellant’s property, the circuit court correctly ruled that the dangerous dog statute’s safe harbor provision does not apply. There was sufficient evidence to ...

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Ex-wife gets benefit of higher value of property (access required)

The court dismissed most of the objections to an ex-husband’s bankruptcy plan that were made by his former spouse, although it did hold the current, higher value of real property should be used, rather than the assessment that was made ...

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