Tag Archives: Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn

The duty to protect others (access required)


A sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia says those who assume a duty to guard against criminal harm can be liable only if they communicate their undertaking. A four-justice majority of the high court affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit against ...

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SCV: Auto graveyard affirmed as lawful non-conforming use (access required)

The petitioner was entitled to “verification” of lawful non-conforming use status for a parcel of property housing junk cars. Although the parcel had at one point been owned by a corporation that attempted to clear the property, evidence showed that ...

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SCV: Miranda warning written in Spanish was effective (access required)

Evidence was sufficient to conclude that a Spanish-speaking defendant waived his Miranda rights prior to a police interview. He was given the written warning in Spanish, asked by an interpreter if he understood it, and read it back to officers. Background Detective ...

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SCV: No error in rejected district “compactness” analysis (access required)

The circuit court did not err in confirming the constitutional validity of Virginia General Assembly legislative districts, which the plaintiffs alleged were drawn in violation of Virginia’s constitutional compactness requirement. Background The plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment that the “State ...

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SCV: Prior retirement foreclosed line-of-duty benefits (access required)

A retired firefighter diagnosed with throat cancer – an occupational disease – was not a “disabled person” prevented from the further performance of his duties and, thus, was not entitled to continuing health insurance coverage. Background Plaintiff Eddie R. Jones Sr. was ...

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