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Callison v. Glick  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 180555

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court in refusing to declare a party a subsurety to a loan obligation, concluding that a purchase option contract was enforceable, and declining to explain the meani...

Brown v. Warden  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: 161421

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Petitioner's petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that the petition was untimely under Va. Code 8.01-654(A)(2). In 1970, Petitioner was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Peti...

Spear v. Omary  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: 180224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court holding that the juvenile and domestic relations district court (JDR court) had no jurisdiction to modify an awa...

Turner v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: 180644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals upholding Appellant's conviction for failure to register as a sexually violent sex offender, holding that Appellant was properly classified as a sexually vi...

Dominion Resources, Inc. v. Alstom Power, Inc.  
Date: April 11, 2019
Docket Number: 181061

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted certification of a question of law in a proceeding pending before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and answered that Virginia law recognizes that the collateral...

Collins v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: 151277

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction after the trial court had denied Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that the exclusionary rule did not apply under the...

Dwyer v. Town of Culpeper  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: 180178

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant's appeal challenging a just compensation award, holding that the notice of appeal was not timely filed. In this condemnation proceeding, Appellant appealed from an order distributin...

Rankin v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: 180812

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of voluntary manslaughter, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it permitted the admission of Def...

Anderson v. Warden  
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: 171562

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court dismissing on demurrer Plaintiff’s complaint filed under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that prison officials had violated his due process rights during a prison disc...

In re Scott  
Date: March 7, 2019
Docket Number: 171286

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner’s petition for a writ of actual innocence based on biological evidence pursuant to Va. Code 19.2-327.2 et seq. and vacated Petitioner’s conviction, holding that the totality of the ev...

Dennis v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 171599

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing Appellant’s petition for writ of actual innocence based on nonbiological evidence, holding that the court of appeal abused its discretion in refu...

Reyes v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 180191

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the order of the circuit court denying Defendant’s motion for continuance pursuant to Va. Code 19.2-159.1, holding that there was no reversible er...

Commonwealth v. Hall  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 180322

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the trial court denying an information for the forfeiture of a vehicle used by Defendant during a sale of illegal drugs, holding that the trial court incorrectly interpreted Va....

Mercer v. MacKinnon  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 180358

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting Defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding that the facts did not establish personal jurisdiction under the basis presen...

Brush Arbor Home Construction, LLC v. Alexander  
Date: February 21, 2019
Docket Number: 180454

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court denying Defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, holding that the circuit court erred in denying the motion for arbitration because the parties’ disagreements...

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