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Trooper’s PTSD from accident scene not compensable (access required)

A state trooper responding to a gruesome traffic accident could not prevail on a claim for purely psychological damages arising from “unfortunately frequent” occurrences in his line of work, the court of appeals held. On August 19, 2015, Virginia State ...

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“Safety-valve” compliance attempted too late (access required)

Appellant Terrance Kevin Hall, a convicted cocaine dealer attempting to invoke Virginia’s “safety-valve provision” to evade mandatory-minimum sentencing, did not timely provide information required to do so, the court ruled. Hall was convicted of three counts of distribution of cocaine ...

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Police Use of File-Sharing Software Not an Unreasonable Search (access required)

The court of appeals upheld the conviction of Appellant Matthew John Stickle, whose possession of child pornography was discovered through the use of a P2P file-sharing program tailored for law enforcement use. Lt. Scott Little, a district coordinator for the ...

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Vehicle Occupant’s Conviction for Shooting “At” the Vehicle Upheld (access required)

The court of appeals affirmed the conviction of appellant Robert Lee Jones for maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle in violation of Code § 18.2-154, approving the trial court’s conclusion that, under the statute, a defendant can shoot “at” a ...

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