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Justices question sex offender law (access required)

Virginia law requires a more onerous label for some sex offenders if they have been convicted in other states, although the Supreme Court says it cannot discern a reason for the requirement. A recent ruling from the high court suggests ...

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Rules panel proposes dumping the word ‘shall’

The legal community is being asked to weigh in on a plan to ditch the use of the word “shall” in the Virginia Rules of Court. After a Boyd-Graves study last year recommended elimination of “shall” in both the state ...

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Virginia Supreme Court agrees to hear GMU lawsuit (access required)

George Mason University students seeking more transparency about private donors to their school will have their case heard by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The high court granted an appeal to Transparent GMU on Mar. 12, the Fairfax County Times ...

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Justices save appeal despite missing record number (access required)

A criminal defendant gets a second chance to make his case to the Court of Appeals even though his consolidated petition involving both a new conviction and a revocation proceeding listed only one of the two record numbers. The Supreme ...

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Supreme Court ruling puts murder defendant back in jail (access required)

An Alexandria man accused of an ambush, execution-style slaying of his boss at a Warrenton pharmacy is back in jail after the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled a lower court judge erred in granting bail. Acting less than a month ...

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Gun in glovebox not enough to convict (access required)

How close does your client have to be to that gun in the glovebox to be tagged on a weapons charge? In the absence of other kinds of connections to a firearm, he may be able to keep his distance, ...

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No SCC certificate, no million-dollar win (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has overturned one of the commonwealth’s largest verdicts for 2015, because one of the winning telecom companies was not properly registered with the State Corporation Commission prior to entry of the final judgment. Although Virginia ...

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Frequent filer restricted at Supreme Court (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued a pre-filing injunction against a pro se litigant for filing repetitive and vexatious appeals after losing a string of frivolous lawsuits. Dora L. Adkins has filed more than two dozen appeals in recent years ...

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Texting teacher wins high court review (access required)

A female teacher who sent photographs of herself in the bathtub to an 11-year-old boy has won a chance to have her conviction overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Last May, the Virginia Court of Appeals affirmed Kimberlee Dietz’ ...

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The Break-Up, Part Four (access required)

A marriage that never was will come up for review in the Supreme Court of Virginia later this year. The court has decided to hear Deborah MacDougall’s appeal of a lower court decision that her marriage to Richard Levick, ceremonially ...

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