Opinions

Adkins v. Commonwealth (U)

In the defendant’s trial for murder, the trial court should have granted the defendant’s motion to suppress statements he made after invoking his right to remain silent. The defendant invoked that right when he said: “I don’t have no more to… Read More ›

United States v. Guzman-Velasquez (P)

In denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss his indictment for illegal re-entry into the United States after being deported, the district court reached the right result for the wrong reason. The defendant’s sought dismissal based solely on United States v. Mendoza-Lopez,… Read More ›

United States v. Smith (P)

In the defendants’ trial for gang-related violence, the district court properly addressed some jurors’ fears about gang retaliation and admitted an FBI agent’s expert testimony decoding intercepted calls between gang members. After learning of one juror’s fears, the district judge… Read More ›

United States v. Hawley (P)

Following the defendant’s drug- and firearm-related convictions, the district court properly sentenced him to 57 months’ imprisonment. The district court imposed this sentence in part to account for the defendant’s criminal history, which included a prior sentence of 30 days’… 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 ›

Koontz v. Jording

The plaintiff alleges that two of her former supervisors at Home Depot defamed her and tortiously interfered with her employment by falsely stating multiple times that the plaintiff was separated from her employment at Home Depot due to her arrest… Read More ›

Belville v. Ford Motor Co. (P)

In this products-liability suit arising from an alleged manufacturing defect in Ford vehicles, the district court properly dismissed the claims of certain plaintiffs, excluded plaintiffs’ three experts’ opinions, and granted summary judgment to Ford on all claims. The district court properly… Read More ›

New Venture Holdings LLC v. Verdi

The plaintiff’s contract suit against its advertising company must be dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. The defendant, a New York ad agency, had been soliciting the plaintiff’s business for several years before the parties reached an agreement. The plaintiff… Read More ›

Anderson v. Dillman (P)

The circuit court properly dismissed a Virginia inmate’s due process suit asserted under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that prison officials had violated his rights during a prison disciplinary proceeding that resulted in a $10 fine. Contrary to the plaintiff’s contention,… Read More ›