Supreme Court of Virginia

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 ›

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domestic relations district court had jurisdiction to modify an award of child support where the plaintiff had earlier withdrawn an appeal from the JDR court to the circuit court.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 ›

Bryant v. Commonwealth (U)

The court of appeals erred in dismissing the defendant-appellant’s appeal of his conviction, following guilty pleas to burglary with intent to rape, murder or rob while armed; malicious wounding; and assault on a person having a protective order against him…. Read More ›

Dwyer v. Town of Culpeper (P)

In this condemnation proceeding, the appellant did not timely appeal from an order distributing funds held by the circuit court. Contrary to the appellant’s argument, language in the court’s order stating that “the Court shall retain jurisdiction” didn’t render that… Read More ›

Rankin v. Commonwealth (P)

After a police officer fatally shot a suspected shoplifter, the circuit court in his murder trial denied his motion in limine to exclude his statement to a witness on the scene: “It’s my second one.” The statement was admitted at… Read More ›

Cox v. Commonwealth (U)

The defendant pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, second offense, possession of marijuana and felony hit and run. The trial court sentenced the defendant to a maximum sentence of five years, but the court also stated that it would reconsider… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›