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Va. Cir.: City couldn’t effect sale before liens ascertained (access required)

In a judicial proceeding to sell tax-delinquent realty, the Commissioner of Accounts cannot enter a decree of confirmation of sale until the value of liens against the property being sold are determined. Background This court appointed a Special Commissioner to ...

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Va. Cir.: Interstate extradition documents proper (access required)

A habeas petitioner, wanted in California on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, was subject to extradition based on proper authorization and identification contained in California’s documents requesting such extradition from Virginia. The petitioner will remain detained pending appeal. Background ...

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County board can seek dec action against BZA (access required)

A county board of supervisors challenging the procedural validity of actions by its board of zoning appeals can do so in a declaratory judgment action, separate from an administrative appeal of the particular BZA decision containing the procedural defects. Background ...

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Lienholders can partially subordinate by contract (access required)

Mortgagee Wells Fargo could subordinate its first-priority lien to its third-priority lien on secured property, without thereby moving the second-priority lien to first position, the court held. Defendant Milton H. Cortez obtained two loans to purchase a home in 2005. ...

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Stay Denied, Despite Related Out-of-State Litigation (access required)

Plaintiff Anthony Hawks, a Washington D.C. attorney, seeks to collect legal fees for services provided to Defendant Jeanne Ellen Libit. Libit was involved in a complex trust litigation in Florida, and Hawks represented Libit both in her individual capacity and ...

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Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing – Statutory Contract (access required)

Scott Evans v. Fairfax County Public School Board (Lawyers Weekly No. 017-8-104, 15pp.) (Bernhard, J.) Fairfax Cir.Ct. Case No. CL-2017-3884. Holding: Where the court previously sustained the defendant-school district’s demurrer to the plaintiff-teacher’s complaint in relation to an economic duress ...

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Informing Jury Panel of Penalty Ranges during Voir Dire – Trial Judge’s Discretion – Jury Nullification (access required)

Commonwealth v. Hockett Barela (VLW No. 017-8-089, 12 pp.) Fairfax.Cir.Ct. (Bernhard, J.) MI-2017-4 Holding: Where the trial court’s discretion to inform juries of penalty ranges during voir dire is not circumscribed except by the abuse of discretion standard, and there ...

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