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No dismissal after failure to object to speedy trial violation (access required)

Where a defendant’s trial was scheduled to take place more than five months after his preliminary hearing, in violation of Virginia’s speedy trial requirements, the defendant was not entitled to a dismissal of the indictment because he failed to object ...

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No forfeiture of $53K truck for $200 drug deal (access required)

The civil forfeiture of a truck valued at $53,000 that was used to unlawfully distribute $200 worth of cocaine would violate the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment and 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause. Overview In the underlying criminal ...

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No substitute plaintiffs for cancelled LLC (access required)

The proposed substitute plaintiffs cannot continue a tax-refund suit as successors in interest of plaintiff, a voluntarily cancelled LLC, even though lease agreements authorized the would-be plaintiffs to pay property taxes and challenge assessments. Further, plaintiff lacks standing to continue ...

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Depression not causally related to workplace injury (access required)

An employee was properly denied workers’ compensation benefits where she was unable to demonstrate that her psychological and physical diagnoses were related to the injuries she suffered in a workplace accident, and she failed to sufficiently demonstrate her efforts to ...

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