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Tag Archives: Judge Randy I. Bellows

Suppression of evidence from warrantless search granted

Even though the police had probable cause to search and seize defendant’s vehicle, there were no exigent circumstances to excuse the need to obtain search and seizure warrants. Background A witness told police that a vehicle struck a pedestrian who ...

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Not presenting insanity defense was effective assistance

Defense counsel provided effective assistance by not asserting an insanity defense. Petitioner is denied habeas corpus relief. “Under Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 687 (1984), a petitioner must prove both that his counsel’s performance was deficient and that he ...

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An empty podium: Fairfax not staffing all cases; victims still must get notice

Even if a commonwealth’s attorney decides not to staff certain misdemeanor cases, the prosecutor’s office still has the obligation to make sure crime victims are provided notice of their criminal proceedings, a Fairfax County judge has ruled. The judge’s decision ...

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$1.7 million awarded on unjust enrichment claim

Where plaintiffs and defendants were guarantors of a defaulted loan, and plaintiffs funded the settlement with the lending bank, defendants are liable to plaintiffs for $1.7 million on an unjust enrichment theory. Background The Coves, the Wallens and the Blacks ...

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