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Newport News City Circuit Court

Oct 16, 2022

Property settlement controls military pension division

Where defendant husband’s military pension does not include disability pay, Howell v. Howell, 137 S. Ct. 1400 (2017), is inapplicable, and the parties’ property settlement controls the pension division. Howell held that under federal law, a military retiree who opts to take disability pay in lieu of his pension cannot be required to indemnify a […]

Mar 28, 2022

Statements after invoking right to be silent admissible

The court denies defendant’s motion to suppress her statements to the police after she invoked her right to remain silent. Background Defendant was arrested for her “suspected involvement in the death of Salahuddin Ibn Shabazz.” She was placed in an interrogation room with two detectives and was advised of her Miranda rights. “[A] detective asked […]

Sep 6, 2021

Law barring some traffic stops is not retroactive

Where appellant was stopped for excessive window tinting and an improperly displayed vehicle license, a later enacted statute that would have made the stop illegal does not apply retroactively. Defendant’s motion to suppress drugs and a firearm found during the traffic stop is denied. Background Police stopped defendant on March 9, 2020 because his vehicle’s […]

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