Opinions

Khavkin v. Clarke

The court will not dismiss the pending petition for habeas corpus. The petitioner contends that his trial counsel had a conflict of interest and that, as a result, counsel coerced him to plead guilty. Sufficient evidence exists to show at… Read More ›

Lucas v. Henrico Cty. Pub. Sch. Bd. (U)

The district court erred in concluding that it lacked subject-matter jurisdiction over the plaintiffs’ federal civil rights claims. The plaintiffs, a parent and two education advocates, raised numerous claims against the Henrico County School Board and related defendants arising from… Read More ›

Brown v. Warden (P)

The petition for habeas corpus before this court should be dismissed. In 1970, the petitioner was convicted of the murder of a 4-year-old child. His original death sentence was vacated following Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972), and he… Read More ›

Spear v. Omary (P)

The juvenile and domestic relations district court had jurisdiction to modify an award of child support where the plaintiff had earlier withdrawn an appeal from the JDR court to the circuit court. The remand happened automatically by operation of law,… Read More ›

Turner v. Commonwealth (P)

The appellant was required to register as a sex offender in Idaho. Pursuant to Code § 9.1-902(F)(ii), he was required to register as a sexually violent offender in Virginia. When he failed to reregister within the 90-day period, he was… Read More ›

Hodnett v. Commonwealth (U)

Evidence was sufficient to find the defendant guilty of constructive possession of ammunition as a felon. The defendant owned the vehicle where the ammunition was found and drove it “all the time.” He’d been in close proximity to the ammunition… Read More ›

Coates v. Jones (U)

In this medical-malpractice action, the trial court properly declined the to strike two members of the jury venire for cause. The first prospective juror had a nursing license but was not working in the field of medicine at the time of… Read More ›

Va. Dep’t of Corrs. v. Jordan (P)

The district court properly quashed a subpoena by two Mississippi death-row inmates who, in support of a challenge to their state’s lethal-injection procedures, sought documents and testimony about Virginia’s execution practices. The district court reasonably found that the petitioners didn’t… Read More ›

Z.F. v. Adkins

A middle school student may proceed in this case alleging that the defendant, a deputy sheriff and resource officer at the plaintiff’s school, unlawfully seized his person and seized and searched his cell phone, using excessive force. The student alleges… Read More ›