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SCV: Inmate’s name-change petition properly denied (access required)

The circuit court did not abuse its discretion in denying an incarcerated man’s petition to change his name, following a religious conversion. The court reasoned that the name change was antithetical to his sentencing. Background Appellant Brian Wendell Jordan is ...

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SCV: Speculation on decedent’s reasoning inadmissible (access required)

The daughter and sister of a woman who died due to surgery complications lacked personal knowledge as to whether their mother knew of alternatives to surgery or whether she would have elected such alternatives had she known. Background In 2011, ...

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Exigent circumstances justified search despite defective warrant (access required)

The Supreme Court held that, despite an invalid warrant, officers did not need a warrant to break up an ongoing “meth cook” at Appellee James Campbell’s home. On August 6, 2014, Investigator James Begley received multiple phone calls from a ...

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In Forma Pauperis – Inmate Trust Accounts – “Deposits” (access required)

Grethen v. Robinson (VLW No. 017-6-092, 8pp.) (McCullough, J.) (McClanahan, J., dissenting) Record No.  161417. Holding: Where the plaintiff-inmate has an account into which “deposits” are placed but, under Department of Corrections Operating Procedure, these funds are used to satisfy ...

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Supreme Court won’t disturb findings of commissioner of accounts (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved distribution of a decedent’s half-million-dollar estate based on a determination by a commissioner of accounts acting without referral from a circuit court judge. The decision stops short of confirming the authority of commissioners ...

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Bid for attorney fees came too late, court says (access required)

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An executive who successfully defended a trade secrets action and then filed to recover attorneys’ fees was too late, under a ruling this month from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court said the rules required the executive to seek ...

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