Due Process

United States v. Walker (P)

The district court properly rejected the defendant’s plea agreement, sustained the prosecution’s peremptory strike of an African-American juror before trial, and calculated the defendant’s Sentencing Guidelines range after his convictions for drug and firearms offenses. In finding the advisory Guidelines… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Owusu-Boakye v. Barr

Because of evidence that the plaintiff’s spouse had previously entered into a sham marriage for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration law, the Board of Immigration Appeals properly denied the plaintiff’s petition to grant his spouse a visa. Record evidence… Read More ›

Gilmore v. Jones (P)

Plaintiff Brennan Gilmore was among hundreds of individuals who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 to protest various white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups participating in the “Unite the Right” rally. In footage he recorded that day, he captured… 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 ›

Commonwealth v. Belete

Code s. 19.2-182.5 does not violate the Due Process Clause as applied to the committed defendant, who on early charges of felony larceny was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Here, the acquittee was previously committed for four years… Read More ›

United States v. Hayes (P)

The petitioner seeks vacatur of his federal conviction under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Although he previously filed a § 2255 motion that was dismissed as untimely, he contends that the current motion shouldn’t be considered successive because it’s based on… Read More ›