Tag Archives: Judge Mary Grace O’Brien

‘Substantial assistance’ relief trumps mandatory minimum (access required)

The Court of Appeals of Virginia has agreed with defense counsel that a sentence reduction is possible for a defendant’s assistance to law enforcement despite the mandatory minimum imposed for the underlying crime. The appeals court reversed a Norfolk circuit ...

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Ending support to cohabitating party not unconscionable (access required)

Where the ex-wife was receiving spousal support while habitually cohabitating with another person “in a relationship analogous to a marriage for one year or more,” Code § 20-109, the trial court erred by reducing the support award instead of terminating ...

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No jurisdiction over claim against employer and insurer (access required)

The Workers’ Compensation Commission correctly determined that it lacked jurisdiction to hear a claim by a medical provider against a shipyard and its insurer for payment of services rendered to the shipyard’s employee. Background The employee suffered a compensable injury ...

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Evidence supports robbery conviction and related crimes (access required)

There was sufficient evidence that appellant used force, threat or intimidation to take marijuana from the victim and then shoot him. As a result, appellant was correctly convicted of first-degree murder while committing a robbery and related charges. Overview Appellant, ...

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