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CAV: Inconsistent use of social services supports TPR (access required)

The court found sufficient evidence to support the termination of Appellant Tasheika Deshae Davis’s parental rights as to D., Davis’s minor daughter. Code § 16.1-283(C)(2) provides that, in addition to being in the best interests of the child, termination of ...

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Victim’s Body Never Found, But Murder Conviction Stands (access required)

The court of appeals concluded that appellant Michael Anthony Edwards was tried for murder in the proper venue and that his conviction was supported by sufficient evidence. Edwards had been romantically involved with the victim, Leyla Namiranian, a Chesterfield resident. ...

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Constitutional – Custody and Visitation – Fair Trial (access required)

Higgins v. Pearce (VLW No. 017-7-284, 11 pp.) (Alston, J) Appealed from Henrico County Circuit Court (Harris, J.) Va. App. Unpub. Holding:  Appellant parent challenges the trial court’s award of custody and visitation, contending that the court committed constitutional and ...

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Four get top VSB rating for federal judgeship (access required)

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Four candidates – two lawyers and two federal judges – have received high marks from the Virginia State Bar in their applications for an Alexandria federal judgeship. The VSB and other statewide bar associations ranked as many as 15 candidates ...

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Error – Reduced Charge – Ends of Justice Exception to Failure to Preserve Argument (access required)

Jones, S/K/A Jake Robert Jones v. Commonwealth (VLW No. 017-7-231-UP, 9 pp.) (Alston, J.) Record No. 0837-16-3. Appeal from the Circuit Court of Roanoke County (Swanson, J.) Holding: Where the plaintiff-appellant was convicted for misdemeanor interference with the property rights ...

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Mother’s conviction in son’s drowning death reversed (access required)


A divided panel of the Court of Ap­peals of Virginia has reversed the felony child neglect conviction of a Pulaski County mother whose 5-year-old son died in a septic tank accident. The 2-1 ruling holds that prosecutors failed to show ...

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Striking Unconscious Victim Was Not ‘Self-Defense’ (access required)

Although defendant, charged with continuing to hit and stomp a man he confronted on the Virginia Beach boardwalk, contended the evidence in this case supported a jury instruction on self-defense, the Court of Appeals upholds denial of the jury instruction ...

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