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Jul 19, 2021

Motorcycle case settles without suit for $3.7M

A Northern Virginia motorcyclist who was badly injured when a car turned in front of him, even though he had the green light, has settled his claim for $3.7 million. A Verdict & Settlement report filed by the man’s law firm, Weiner, Spivey & Miller in Fairfax, appears in the July 19 issue. Edward L. […]

Dec 26, 2018

Important Opinions January – December 2018

The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, arranged by practice area, of the most Important Opinions of 2018, January to June. ADMINISTRATIVE […]

Jul 25, 2018

Va. Cir.: DWI doesn’t require starting car engine

A defendant who sat in the driver’s seat of her vehicle and rotated the key in the ignition to roll up the windows was “operating” the vehicle while intoxicated, even though she never started the car’s engine or intended to drive. Background At approximately 4 a.m., a Norfolk police officer observed Defendant Sheena Reid stagger […]

Jul 12, 2018

Va. Cir.: City’s red-light cameras constitutional

A vehicle owner served with a notice of violation, which cited a no-stop right turn on red with photo and video evidence, did not show that her constitutional rights were violated either by the city red-light-camera ordinance or its authorizing state statute. Background Defendant Tawana Cooper received a Notice of Violation from the City of […]

Apr 27, 2018

CAV: Defendant relied on “police officer” at his peril

Evidence was sufficient to uphold the defendant’s conviction for failing to provide required identifying information after causing an auto accident. The defendant claimed that he didn’t talk to the other driver because she was “hysterical” and instead gave the appropriate information to a stranger who he thought was an officer. Background Rickelle Eley testified that […]

Mar 5, 2018

CAV: Passing on shoulder wasn’t reckless driving

The statute under which the Commonwealth charged the appellant with reckless driving did not apply to his conduct of passing a traffic back-up via the road shoulder on his way to the highway exit. Background Appellant Victor Clay Barringer was traveling on I-81 when he was caught in a traffic jam caused by a car […]

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