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Hearing Period’s Expiration Doesn’t Warrant Dismissal (access required)

The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant Joseph Boyd Rickman’s civil-commitment order, even though the required probable-cause hearing took place outside the statutory hearing timeframe. In contemplation of Rickman’s impending release from custody on numerous child sex-crime convictions, the Commonwealth petitioned to ...

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Jury Instruction on Patient’s Bad Outcome Approved (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia upheld initial and additional jury instructions given by a circuit court in a medical malpractice action. On February 19, 2010, Appellant Carlena Chapple-Brooks underwent spinal surgery conducted by Appellee Ben L. Nguyen. Approximately two hours ...

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Police Use of File-Sharing Software Not an Unreasonable Search (access required)

The court of appeals upheld the conviction of Appellant Matthew John Stickle, whose possession of child pornography was discovered through the use of a P2P file-sharing program tailored for law enforcement use. Lt. Scott Little, a district coordinator for the ...

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Benefits Claimant Presented No Evidence Mitigating Misconduct (access required)

The court denied Plaintiff Gifford Whitehurst’s petition for judicial review of a decision by the Virginia Unemployment Commission that he was disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation. Whitehurst worked at the Chrysler Museum as a security officer. The Museum’s HR manager ...

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