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Tag Archives: Judge Leonie Brinkema

Judgment granted as sanction for discovery misconduct (access required)

Plaintiff was granted judgment on liability on a number of consumer claims as a sanction for defendant auto dealer’s misconduct during discovery, and he is entitled to more than $164,000 in damages. Background In this civil action, plaintiff brings a ...

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EDVA: Long-detained immigrant entitled to bond hearing (access required)

A Salvadoran immigrant, detained for the past 14 months while he challenges removal, deserves an individual bond hearing to determine whether flight risk or danger to society justifies his prolonged detention. Background Petitioner Jose Rodriguez Portillo first unlawfully entered the ...

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EDVA: Due process requires bond hearing for long-detained immigrant (access required)

A Salvadoran immigrant, detained for the past 14 months while he challenges removal, deserves an individual bond hearing to determine whether flight risk or danger to society justifies his prolonged detention. Background Petitioner Jose Rodriguez Portillo first unlawfully entered the ...

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EDVA: New SCOTUS ruling doesn’t bar torture claims (access required)

Claims against a U.S. military contractor for its involvement in abuse of Abu Ghraib prison detainees can proceed and are not affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s April decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank PLC. Background This civil action arises out ...

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4th Cir.: State drug convictions defeated court’s jurisdiction (access required)

An immigrant’s conviction for unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell constitutes a conviction of both an aggravated felony and a crime involving moral turpitude. Therefore, the court lacks jurisdiction to review the Board’s rulings on ...

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EDVA: Plaintiffs’ “deafening silence” dooms diversity cure (access required)

The Plaintiffs’ decade-old judgment of over $1 million, which they sought to enforce, was vacated due to the court’s lack of subject-matter jurisdiction over the action. The court declined to drop dispensable parties that destroyed jurisdiction, finding that the Plaintiffs ...

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EDVA: Solitary confinement was cruel and unusual (access required)

The Department of Corrections was enjoined from reverting back to solitary-confinement conditions for Virginia death-row inmates prior to 2015, as such conditions violate the Eighth Amendment. Background Plaintiffs Thomas Porter, Anthony Juniper, and Mark Lawlor have been convicted of capital ...

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