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Va. Cir.: Family members can recover for wrongful fetal death (access required)

The Virginia Wrongful Death Act permits the distribution of damages to statutory beneficiaries of a fetus beyond only the natural mother. Background Plaintiff Ampara Lopez Healey lost her baby toward the end of her pregnancy, resulting in a stillborn birth. ...

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Va. Cir.: Defendants can plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit (access required)

Even if he factually did not commit a charged offense, a criminal defendant may plead guilty to avoid potential conviction of a more serious crime or imposition of a worse sentence. Courts considering such pleas should require the defendant to assert ...

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After couple reconciled, arrearage for support erased (access required)

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A husband facing a possible overdue support obligation of up to $238,000 can breathe a little easier with a judge’s ruling that his long-term reconciliation with his wife invalidated her claim for the support arrearage. The husband’s return to the ...

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Va. Cir.: GMU Foundation not a public body subject to VFOIA (access required)

The George Mason University Foundation Inc. is an independent corporate entity whose records are not subject to freedom-of-information requirements, even if the records relate to funds used to support the University, itself a public body. Nonetheless, the University’s Gift Acceptance ...

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Va. Cir.: City’s red-light cameras constitutional (access required)

A vehicle owner served with a notice of violation, which cited a no-stop right turn on red with photo and video evidence, did not show that her constitutional rights were violated either by the city red-light-camera ordinance or its authorizing ...

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Va. Cir.: No prejudice resulted from plea agreement withdrawal (access required)

Despite the defendant’s previous waiver of a preliminary hearing related to drug charges against him, he was not entitled to enforcement of an alleged oral plea agreement with a new prosecutor in his case. Background Defendant Sophann Mao was arrested ...

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Va. Cir.: Misdemeanor conviction bars felony records expungement (access required)

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute – a misdemeanor – is a lesser-included offense of the felony of distribution of more than half an ounce but less than 5 pounds of marijuana. A petitioner convicted of the misdemeanor was ...

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