Opinions

Hayes v. Carver (P)

The district court properly dismissed a habeas petitioner’s claim of actual innocence. He was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Here, the totality of the evidence fails to meet the exacting standard for… Read More ›

King v. Darden

In this civil-rights actions, the plaintiff fails to establish all the elements of his claim that the defendants conspired to unlawfully arrest and prosecute him for engaging in election fraud. Here, the plaintiff sued a county commonwealth’s attorney and an… Read More ›

United States v. Sutherland (P)

The defendant’s convictions for filing three false tax returns and obstructing a grand jury proceeding will stand. Contrary to the defendant’s argument, providing fabricated loan documents to a U.S. Attorney’s office was not too distant from an ongoing grand jury proceeding… Read More ›

Callison v. Glick (P)

The circuit court did not err in refusing to declare a party a subsurety (rather than cosurety) to a loan obligation, holding that a purchase-option contract was enforceable, and declining to explain the meaning of its final order on the… Read More ›

Wright v. Lassiter (P)

The district court correctly found that North Carolina prison officials did not substantially burden the plaintiff’s constitutional and statutory religious-freedom rights, though not for the result the court gave. The plaintiff is an inmate who follows Rastafarianism. He asked to celebrate… Read More ›

Mitchell v. Green (P)

In this appeal of a dismissed 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition, under Wall v. Kholi, 562 U.S. 545 (2011), the one-year limitations period prescribed by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act was tolled by the petitioner’s state court motion… Read More ›

Gratz v. Gratz

In this action asserting several business tort claims, the court will exercise specific personal jurisdiction, though not general jurisdiction, over the defendant, who is the plaintiff’s stepmother. In a nutshell, the plaintiff claims that his stepmother intentionally drove a wedge… 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 ›

Reyna v. Hott (P)

The district court properly dismissed the complaint on grounds that the plaintiffs did not sufficiently allege that the government’s practice of transferring detained immigrants among various interstate detention centers violated a substantive due process right. Accordingly, the court also properly… Read More ›