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Phillips v. Commonwealth (P)

The court dismissed a petition of actual innocence as to the petitioner’s convictions for the malicious wounding, abduction with intent to defile, forcible sodomy, and rape of a 10-year-old in 1990. The victim’s 2017 declaration, stating that she could have… Read More ›

Bennett v. Commonwealth (P)

Admission of video and audio recordings reflecting a drug sale didn’t violate the defendant’s constitutional right to confront the witnesses against him. The video and photographs made from it were admitted as silent witnesses. The video does not reflect any… Read More ›

Knight v. Ottrix (P)

The circuit court had no jurisdiction to enter an order determining that a father was withholding his consent for his child to be adopted. The child’s long-time custodians petitioned the juvenile & domestic relations court to either (1) accept the… Read More ›

Brown v. Brown (P)

Even when one of the former spouses dies, the trial court retains jurisdiction to determine the rights and interests of the parties in the marital property when a final decree of divorce has been entered in a bifurcated proceeding pursuant to… Read More ›

Merritt v. Commonwealth (P)

The ends of justice require reversing the appellant’s conviction for failure to appear, even though she didn’t raise an ends-of-justice argument either to the trial court or on appeal. Code § 19.2-128 does not apply to revocation proceedings, so it… Read More ›

Butcher v. Commonwealth (P)

The court affirmed the appellant’s conviction for failure to stop at the scene of an accident. The sole question on appeal was whether he complied with the statutory requirement to “report his name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration… Read More ›

Anderson v. Commonwealth (P)

The circuit court did not err by refusing to admit the victim’s prior criminal charges and convictions into evidence at the defendant’s trial for voluntary manslaughter. The excluded charges and convictions occurred 17 to 20 years earlier and didn’t establish… Read More ›

Hall v. Commonwealth (P)

The trial court didn’t err in refusing to dismiss the defendant’s indictment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Her voluntary decision to request that charges against her be severed benefited her because it kept the Commonwealth from… Read More ›