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Virginia not required to disclose execution information (access required)

The Virginia Department of Corrections is not required to respond to the parts of non-party discovery that would be irrelevant or unduly burdensome, including disclosing the supplier of the chemicals the department uses in carrying out executions or the identities ...

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Former teacher brings bias claims against school board (access required)

Although some claims against a school board were dismissed, a teacher alleged facts sufficient to infer she was the victim of race and age discrimination. Background Dannetta Spellman has filed an amended complaint in which she alleges the School Board ...

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Taxpayer failed to show assessments were erroneous (access required)

Where a taxpayer fails to show that county assessments were not arrived at in accordance with generally accepted appraisal practices, the county’s assessments stand and the taxpayer’s request for relief is denied. Background Petitioner alleged Fairfax County erroneously assessed land ...

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Small loan company exempted from consumer law (access required)

Although a consumer lender imposed interest rates in violation of certain statutes, the commonwealth cannot sue it under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act because the lender falls within the Act’s exclusion as a small loan company. Background Allied Title Lending ...

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Eyewitness testimony, fingerprints supported convictions (access required)

Where the commonwealth provided eyewitness testimony and fingerprints as evidence, the defendant’s convictions for burglary, conspiracy and larceny were affirmed. Background Cobb testified that, while she was walking home from school, she saw a man carrying a “box full of ...

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Parts of victim’s record excluded, were cumulative (access required)

Noting that excluded portions of a victim’s criminal record did not establish violent behavior and were cumulative of additional evidence, the court rejected claims by a defendant convicted of voluntary manslaughter that the exclusions would have supported his argument that ...

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