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Students tardy, mom pays the price (access required)

A mother’s criminal conviction for failing to get her children to school on time will be on the Supreme Court docket when school gets underway again next fall. A Loudoun County Circuit Court convicted Maureen Anne Blake on three counts ...

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No contributory negligence in p.i. case (access required)

A motorcyclist who hit an SUV turning across his lane of travel gets another chance to win damages, after a Virginia Supreme Court majority took issue with a jury instruction on contributory negligence. It takes just a little more than a “scintilla” ...

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Habeas granted on Padilla claim (access required)

Citing Padilla v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed habeas relief from a drug paraphernalia conviction that led to the petitioner’s detention by immigration officials after he served his state sentence. Marlon Borja Barrera initially was charged with marijuana ...

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