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Optometrist guilty of sexual battery (access required)

An optometrist lost his appeal challenging his conviction for sexual battery after a trial on allegations he inappropriately touched more than one complaining witness. Background Three women testified that appellant, a licensed optometrist, inappropriately touching them during eye exams. Appellant ...

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CAV: Attempt is “punished as larceny,” qualifying for enhancement (access required)

Attempted petit larceny qualifies as a felony recidivist “third or subsequent offense” under Code § 18.2-104, meriting an enhancement sentence. Background At trial, the Commonwealth presented evidence that Appellant Fred Coleman was attempting to steal a bicycle when the victim ...

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CAV: Record supported pre-existing pain as cause of fall (access required)

The Workers’ Compensation Commission did not err in declining to infer that a claimant fell due to the condition of the floor where she slipped at work, rather than due to her pre-existing knee condition. Background In 2016, Appellant Sabrina ...

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CAV: Contempt upheld for “junk” storage in backyard (access required)

A court order requiring a property owner to cure residential zoning violations gave him sufficient notice that he must remove “junk” not only from his front and side yards but also from his back yard. Background In April 2005, Henrico ...

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CAV: “Reasonable reliance” defense applied to court order (access required)

A jury should have been allowed to consider whether it was reasonable for the defendant, charged with possessing a firearm while subject to a protective order, to believe that a JDR court had dissolved the order. Background While Appellant Nicholas ...

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Man’s witness tampering waives right to confront (access required)


Even though a domestic violence defendant did not prevent his alleged victim from coming to court, his use of emotional manipulation to silence her was enough to allow her out-of-court statements to be used to convict him, the Virginia Court ...

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