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Parts of victim’s record excluded, were cumulative (access required)

Noting that excluded portions of a victim’s criminal record did not establish violent behavior and were cumulative of additional evidence, the court rejected claims by a defendant convicted of voluntary manslaughter that the exclusions would have supported his argument that ...

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CAV: No double jeopardy under new SCOTUS ruling (access required)

Like the petitioner in Currier v. Virginia, a defendant who voluntarily requested to sever and continue one of the charges against him for strategic reasons could not prevail on his claim that the second trial violated double jeopardy principles, either ...

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CAV: Continuance denial during incarceration not improper (access required)

The circuit court did not err in not continuing a hearing to terminate a father’s parental rights while he was incarcerated; nor did it err in determining that termination was in the child’s best interests. The father had minimal contacts ...

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CAV: Obstruction ordinance not overbroad or vague (access required)

A county ordinance prohibiting hindrance or obstruction of sheriff’s deputies performing their duties was not overbroad or vague, and it was thus a proper basis for the defendant’s conviction on grounds that he fled and hid from officers. Background Loudoun ...

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AG flips position after prosecution of woman who hid fetus (access required)

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The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring argued in February to uphold the conviction of a Franklin County woman who discarded a stillborn fetus in a dumpster. Katherine Dellis was convicted under a law that prohibits the concealment ...

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