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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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The duty to protect others (access required)

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A sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia says those who assume a duty to guard against criminal harm can be liable only if they communicate their undertaking. A four-justice majority of the high court affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit against ...

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Courts still short staffed, Lemons says (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice, Donald W. Lemons in the court chambers in Richmond, Va., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Anticipated full funding of all authorized judgeships is good news, but Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons says other offices at Virginia courthouses remain shorthanded. Lemons provided a supplement to the annual State of the Judiciary address in ...

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