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CAV: Evidence supported meth-manufacture conviction (access required)

The Commonwealth sufficiently established that a defendant aided and abetted her camping companion in manufacturing methamphetamine. Background On October 1, 2015, sheriff’s deputies went to a given address to serve an arrest warrant on Timothy Comer. Comer wasn’t there when ...

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CAV: “Hobson’s choice” didn’t violate speedy-trial right (access required)

Despite numerous “egregious” discovery failures by the Commonwealth resulting in the defendant having to choose between a speedy trial and the evidence to which he was entitled, the trial court committed no error in finding that the Commonwealth didn’t act ...

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CAV: Defense counsel’s motion caused speedy-trial violation (access required)

The circuit court did not err in continuing the defendant’s trial past the speedy-trial deadline when the continuance stemmed from defendant’s (denied) request to present his motion to suppress on the same day as trial. Background On the afternoon of ...

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CAV: Evidence supported welfare fraud convictions (access required)

Evidence was sufficient to support the defendant’s convictions and sentencing for welfare fraud, after she omitted income from her SNAP and fuel assistance applications. Background During 2015 and 2016, Appellant Latoya Jefferson shared a household with her five children and ...

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Va. Cir.: Interstate extradition documents proper (access required)

A habeas petitioner, wanted in California on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, was subject to extradition based on proper authorization and identification contained in California’s documents requesting such extradition from Virginia. The petitioner will remain detained pending appeal. Background ...

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EDVA: Police threats implied custody, triggered Miranda (access required)

A drug-trafficking defendant’s conversation with police officers was custodial when police repeatedly implied that they would arrest him that day if he didn’t become an informant, causing him to lose his job. Because these threats constituted a custodial interrogation without ...

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EDVA: Firearm discovered in Terry stop suppressed (access required)

Police responding to gunfire in a Richmond neighborhood unreasonably detained a group of men walking away from where they heard shots. As a result, a firearm discovered after police detained the defendant was suppressed. Background Defendant Billy Curry was indicted ...

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