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Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

Dec 18, 2013

Buyer Recovers from Motor Vehicle Fund

A vehicle purchaser can recover $41,600 from the Motor Vehicle Recovery Fund, based on the default judgment he won against a vehicle dealer who took the buyer’s money and repeatedly misrepresented that he was acquiring a vehicle for the buyer, only to disappear with the money; the Court of Appeals upholds the circuit court judgment […]

Dec 12, 2013

Reversal for Repair Cost Hearsay

At defendant’s trial on burglary and related charges, the trial court erred in admitting hearsay testimony on the cost of repairs to correct damage to the burgled house and the Court of Appeals reverses defendant’s conviction for damage of property over $1,000 in violation of Va. Code § 18.2-137 and remands for a possible new […]

Dec 9, 2013

Head Injury-Related Benefits Denied

A claimant who initially received benefits for injuries from an auto accident while working for KFC did not raise her head-injury claim before the deputy commissioner and did not prove a more recent hospitalization was attributable to her work-related accident, and the Court of Appeals affirms the denial of benefits. We find claimant did not […]

Nov 6, 2013

Remand for Review of Employer Issues

The Court of Appeals reverses an award of temporary partial disability benefits to a claimant who suffered injury from an electrical shock to his left arm; because the commission did not address employer’s appeal of the deputy commissioner holding that claimant suffered from a condition causally related to his industrial accident, the case is remanded […]

Nov 6, 2013

Circuit Court Could Certify Former GDC Record

A defendant may not overturn his conviction for failure to appeal with a claim that the general district court record of a subpoena to his preliminary hearing had to be certified by that court and not by the circuit court; after defendant’s grand larceny charge was certified to the grand jury, the Court of Appeals […]

Aug 30, 2013

Unlawful Arrest Instruction Not Supported

A majority of the Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s jury trial conviction and six months’ sentence for assaulting a deputy sheriff who was arresting him for public intoxication; defendant’s arguments are procedurally defaulted by waiver—he does not argue his arrest was unlawful on appeal and he failed to present below his arguments about excessive force […]

Aug 30, 2013

Expert ‘Side-Switching’ on Insanity Allowed

The “side-switching” doctrine does not bar a court-appointed psychologist who initially said defendant was insane at the time he abducted his family at gunpoint, from revising her findings and later testifying for the prosecution; the Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s conviction of abduction and use of a firearm. Defendant argues the side-switching doctrine barred Dr. […]

Aug 16, 2013

Employer Cannot Recoup Payments Before Sentencing

The Court of Appeals affirms the decision of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission denying employer’s request to terminate benefits prior to employee’s sentencing; Va. Code §§ 65.2-510.1(A) and -708(A) authorize prospective relief and we decline to exercise our equitable powers to award employer credit for 20 months employee was incarcerated before sentencing. Employee suffered a [[...]

Aug 16, 2013

Continuance Request Admitted Prior Convictions

Defendant is not entitled to reversal of his probation revocation for lack of evidence, the Court of Appeals says; his counsel admitted his subsequent convictions in requesting a continuance. In 2008, defendant was sentenced to thirteen years with all but two months suspended for possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and possessing ecstasy.  In 2012, […]

Aug 8, 2013

Firearm Sale Cancelled, But Conviction Sticks

A convicted felon who did not fully complete a form asking about prior felony convictions before ordering a firearm and who returned to cancel the sale after being told by store personnel that his purchase had been denied, still can be convicted of attempted possession and transport of a firearm after a prior felony conviction, […]

Jul 25, 2013

Dishonesty Bars New Claim

The Court of Appeals affirms the commission’s denial of disability benefits to a trucker terminated for receiving light duty pay and temporary total disability benefits 50 percent higher than his regular salary for 10 weeks before employer discovered the error; employee was terminated for justified cause and forfeited his rights to compensation benefits under case […]

May 9, 2013

Soft-Tissue ‘Injury’ Supports Felony Hit & Run

Although defendant contends there was insufficient evidence that anyone was injured when she rear-ended another car and then ran away into the woods as emergency vehicles approached, the Court of Appeals holds that a soft-tissue injury such as muscle pain constitutes an “injury” under the felony hit-and-run statute, and affirms defendant’s conviction under Va. Code […]

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