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CAV: Probable cause does not require direct evidence (access required)

Despite a lack of direct evidence of criminal activity, a warrant authorizing the search of the defendant’s home was supported by numerous facts which, taken together, created a “fair probability” of the defendant’s illegal drug activity. Background Officer Jon McKay ...

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CAV: Evidence supported meth-manufacture conviction (access required)

The Commonwealth sufficiently established that a defendant aided and abetted her camping companion in manufacturing methamphetamine. Background On October 1, 2015, sheriff’s deputies went to a given address to serve an arrest warrant on Timothy Comer. Comer wasn’t there when ...

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CAV: “Hobson’s choice” didn’t violate speedy-trial right (access required)

Despite numerous “egregious” discovery failures by the Commonwealth resulting in the defendant having to choose between a speedy trial and the evidence to which he was entitled, the trial court committed no error in finding that the Commonwealth didn’t act ...

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EDVA: Firearm discovered in Terry stop suppressed (access required)

Police responding to gunfire in a Richmond neighborhood unreasonably detained a group of men walking away from where they heard shots. As a result, a firearm discovered after police detained the defendant was suppressed. Background Defendant Billy Curry was indicted ...

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EDVA: Privilege doesn’t attach to valuation documents (access required)

Financial documents submitted to a valuation company and later sought by subpoena were not privileged under either attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine. In any event, the defendant’s motion to quash the subpoena was untimely filed. Background This action revolves ...

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4th Cir.: Song lyric as Facebook status was party admission (access required)

In a firearms-possession case, the defendant’s Facebook post adopted the admission: “It’s Always Tucked, Kuz I’ll B Damn If My Life Get Took!!” The phrase closely mirrored a song lyric, but contained no attribution and was probative of the conduct ...

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CAV: Financial statements admitted as party-adopted (access required)

The trial court properly admitted retirement account statements that were effectively adopted by the wife in a divorce proceeding, subsequently using the balances on those statements to determine equitable distribution. Background Diane Gaspa appeals an equitable distribution award, arguing that ...

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CAV: Arrest video was admissible at TPR hearing (access required)

The trial court did not err in considering video of the father’s arrest during the termination hearing, or in declining to grant the father more time to remedy conditions requiring continued foster care for his baby daughter. Background B. was ...

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EDVA: Affirmative defense not provable without expert testimony (access required)

Plaintiff Robert Benedict sues Hankook Tire Company for the production and distribution of an allegedly defective tire. Benedict seeks summary judgment as to the Defendants’ affirmative defense of contributory negligence. Expert opinions lacking The standard of care applicable in this case is ...

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