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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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Sentenced enhanced for state robbery conviction (access required)

Because a prior North Carolina conviction for robbery qualified as a “crime of violence” under the Sentencing Guidelines, applying a career offender enhancement to a bank robber’s base offense level was not error. Background Jarrett Terrell Edwards appeals his 192-month ...

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Officer waited too long to assert Rehab Act claims (access required)

The dismissal of a parole officer’s discrimination claims was upheld, because they were filed under the Rehabilitation Act, which is governed by the two-year statute of limitations in the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act rather than Maryland’s three-year statute of ...

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