Court of Appeals of Virginia

Conner v. City of Danville (P)

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission did not err in denying the claimant benefits, because she failed to prove that her injuries arose out of her employment as a police corporal. When she apparently slipped and almost fell on the wet grass,… Read More ›

Jones v. Commonwealth (U)

The trial court erred in denying the appellant’s motion to suppress evidence following a traffic stop. The initial search of lottery tickets in the appellant’ car door was unlawful; all evidence stemming from that search should have been suppressed. A… Read More ›

Eley v. Commonwealth (P)

In the defendant’s conviction for carrying a loaded firearm equipped with a high-capacity magazine, the statutory exemption in Code § 18.2-308(C)(8) for a firearm carried in “a personal, private motor vehicle” did not apply because the defendant knew that the… Read More ›

Taylor v. Commonwealth (P)

The trial court properly denied the defendant’s motion to suppress a warrantless blood draw. At the time the officer arrested the defendant, Virginia law was that the defendant had, by driving on the highway, impliedly consented to provide a blood… Read More ›

Loudoun County v. Richardson (P)

The Workers’ Compensation Commission properly awarded permanent partial disability benefits to a claimant who was injured during his employment by Loudoun County as a fire department battalion chief. As a result of his injury, he received a total hip replacement…. Read More ›

Guan v. Ran (P)

The court lacks jurisdiction to review an injunction that is not effective due to the movant’s failure to post a bond. Here, the order granting a temporary injunction is part of a complex litigation involving the parties’ divorce and the… Read More ›

Bondi v. Commonwealth (P)

The defendant-appellant was properly convicted for object sexual penetration, committed when he was youth pastor for the victim. The Commonwealth’s evidence was sufficient to establish that appellant accomplished the object sexual penetration by force. The appellant argues that the victim… Read More ›

Lambert v. Commonwealth (P)

Trial evidence supported the jury’s conclusion that the defendant-appellant had driven his vehicle under the influence of self-administered drugs. Evidence established that the appellant had methadone, alprazolam, and nordiazepam in his blood at the time it was drawn. He admitted… Read More ›

Mendez v. Commonwealth (U)

Under Code § 18.2-460(C), the felony obstruction-of-justice statute, a threat that constitutes attempted obstruction must have a direct relationship to an enumerated felony. The General Assembly has determined that threatening certain public officials as they attempt to perform their official duties is… Read More ›

Johnson v. Commonwealth (P)

Absent an insanity defense, expert testimony about a criminal defendant’s mental state at the time of the offense is inadmissible at trial. The affirmative defense provided by Code § 46.2-817 does not in any way contradict existing the Supreme Court of… Read More ›

Massey v. Commonwealth (U)

The defendant’s probation officer impermissibly imposed a probation condition that contradicted an express term of probation the circuit court had imposed earlier. In that order, the circuit court expressly allowed the defendant to have contact with children under the supervision… Read More ›

Rams v. Commonwealth (P)

Evidence was sufficient to support the appellant’s conviction for capital murder of his 15-month-old son. The law does not require the Commonwealth to prove the precise cause of death, only that the death “resulted through a criminal agency.” Here, the… Read More ›