The State of NoVa: Courts


Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 02/21/2013

George Mason student and Navy veteran wins in-state tuition case, may set Va. precedent for military

Service members transferred out of Va. can still get in-state tuition

By Tom Jackman  |  05:05 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Mason University, Courts | Tags:  Stephanie Kermgard, George Mason University, military friendly, in-state tuition, Fairfax, Va., Judge Robert J. Smith, Thomas Moncure

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Food trucks in Arlington, and common sense, prevail on parking restrictions

One hour limit for trucks is discarded by prosecutors, new law coming

By Tom Jackman  |  05:01 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Courts | Tags:  Seoul Food D.C., Arlington, Va., food trucks, Theo Stamos, Institute for Justice

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Fairfax Underground website ordered to remove Fairfax High School grades

More than 2,000 pages of grades from last year posted anonymously

By Tom Jackman  |  06:15 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Schools, Fairfax City, Courts | Tags:  Fairfax Underground, Cary Wiedemann, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax High School

Posted at 11:16 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Reston’s Shadowood condominiums make new Va. case law, can’t impose fees on rule violators

Va. Supreme Court ruling could affect thousands of condo associations

By Tom Jackman  |  11:16 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reston, Courts | Tags:  Shadowood condominiums, Reston, Va., condo associations

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Toddler’s tragic death in Herndon, in overheated car, continues as political issue in Russia four years later

Four years after adoptee Chase Harrison died, a bill in his name to be passed by Russian parliament.

By Tom Jackman  |  07:44 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon, Purcellville, Courts | Tags:  Chase Harrison, Miles Harrison, Dima Yakovlev, R. Terence Ney, Gene Weingarten

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Annandale’s John McHenry collapses while waiting for jury duty, saved by other jurors and defibrillator

Nearby defibrillator in Fairfax courthouse beats “the Widowmaker.”

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Annandale, Fairfax County, Courts | Tags:  John McHenry, Fairfax County, Annandale

Posted at 01:13 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Sean Lanigan: The rest of the story (Vol. 3)

A report concluded the district saw Sean Lanigan as ‘an unsavory fellow.’

By Tom Jackman  |  01:13 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Centreville, Schools, Courts | Tags:  Sean Lanigan, Fairfax County Public Schools

Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Arlington’s Wag More Dogs mural is no more

Courts ruled the painting in Arlington was an advertisement, and the county said it was too big.

By Tom Jackman  |  08:18 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Courts | Tags:  Wag More Dogs, Arlington, Shirlington, Institute for Justice

Posted at 12:52 AM ET, 09/18/2012

U.Va. wins key ruling in Prince William global warming-FOIA case involving Michael Mann

A group seeking the e-mails of climatologist and former U.Va. professor Michael Mann is denied.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:52 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Courts, Science | Tags:  Michael Mann, global warming, freedom of information, American Tradition Institute

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Husband of Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall abduction victim, settles suit for $2.5 million

Bobbie Bosworth was taken from the mall in 2008, driven to Woodbridge and then died in a car accident.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:23 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Woodbridge, Crime, Courts | Tags:  Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall, PDQ Mart

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Fairfax County seeing rise in ‘gray divorces’

Divorces in younger age groups declined, but those ages 55 and older are splitting up more than before.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:22 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Courts | Tags:  Gray divorce, Fairfax County

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/30/2012

The terrible case of Ronnie Lee Durham, his son, his ex-wife and her lawyer (and me)

The former Fairfax County man’s abuse of his wife has him on the run, and now alleged identity theft has him in more trouble.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Crime, Courts | Tags:  Ronnie Lee Durham, Terri Durham, identity fraud

Posted at 01:19 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Hong Kong tycoon Eric Hotung ordered to pay son Michael Hotung $1.2 million by Fairfax County jury

The tale of Eric Hotung, his colorful Hong Kong family, and life in the former Ted Kennedy mansion in McLean.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:19 AM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Courts, McLean | Tags:  Eric Hotung, Michael Hotung, Winnie Ho

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 06/07/2012

The Springfield Mall abduction and death of Bobbie Bosworth: The rest of the story (Part 2)

Bosworth’s husband sues the mall, the security company and the convenience store, and ultimately receives a settlement.

By Tom Jackman  |  07:09 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Courts | Tags:  Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall, Vornado Realty Trust, Securitas, Judge Charles Maxfield

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/07/2012

The Springfield Mall abduction and death of Bobbie Bosworth: The rest of the story (part 1)

The crime — snatched at gunpoint from a mall parking lot — horrified the region. Now, the rest of the story emerges.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Woodbridge, Crime, Courts | Tags:  Bobbie Bosworth, Springfield Mall, Vornado Realty Trust, Securitas Corp., PDQ Mart

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Springfield’s Fischer Hardware battles to survive; says Ace Hardware led it on path to bankruptcy

Owners Roy and Pattie Ewers say that affiliating with Ace Hardware led them to bankruptcy, brink of closure.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:49 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield, Courts | Tags:  Fischer Hardware, Ace Hardware, Roy Ewers, Pattie Ewers

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012

When disco balls attack! Woman hurt, sues

A woman dancing at a Franconia moose lodge was struck by a falling mirrored orb. Was it dislodged by Sister Sledge?

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Franconia, Courts, Nightlife | Tags:  Disco balls, Ana Guevara Blanco, Franconia Moose Lodge

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Prince William climate case judge already anticipating the appeal

A new judge makes no ruling in the FOIA request for Michael Mann’s e-mails, says he wants the case clear and complete for its inevitable appeal.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Courts | Tags:  global warming, Michael Mann, freedom of information

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Prince William climate change debate centers on FOIA

Does Freedom of Information law apply to the e-mails of university professors? A significant moment in the climate change debate may hinge on that.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Courts | Tags:  global warming, University of Virginia, Michael Mann, David Schnare, Kathi Westcott

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Loudoun judge disbelieves BOE officials, but rules in their favor in costly FOIA case

Judge Julia Cannon disbelieves board’s testimony, but says their actions were legal.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Courts | Tags:  Beverly Bradford, J. Scott Littner, Loudoun County Board of Equalization

Posted at 01:45 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Prince William climate change case takes center stage

Some experts say a FOIA request to U.Va. may uncover a researcher’s e-mails that were also sought by the Va. attorney general.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:45 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Courts | Tags:  global warming, Michael Mann, freedom of information

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Loudoun FOIA fight drags on, side battles end

Four days of costly hearings and still no ruling on whether the Board of Equalization broke freedom of information laws.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Courts | Tags:  Beverly Bradford, Scott Littner, Loudoun Board of Equalization

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Wolf Trap, Barns of Rose Hill settle suit

The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will drop “the” from its name and Wolf Trap will drop its federal suit.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:07 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna, Nightlife, Courts | Tags:  Barns of Rose Hill, Barns of Wolf Trap, Virginia

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Wolf Trap lawsuit vs. Barns of Rose Hill looks good, from a legal viewpoint

A veteran of intellectual property law says Wolf Trap did the right thing by suing The Barns of Rose Hill.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Courts | Tags:  Barns of Rose Hill, Barns at Wolf Trap, Virginia

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Wolf Trap responds, but won’t back down

Wolf Trap issues a statement about its federal lawsuit against The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, seeking amicable resolution.

By Tom Jackman  |  07:49 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Vienna, Courts | Tags:  Barns at Wolf Trap, Barns of Rose Hill, Virginia

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Wolf Trap sues tiny non-profit over ‘The Barns’ name

In Berryville, The Barns of Rose Hill just opened. The Barns at Wolf Trap say they have a trademark to protect. Would anyone really confuse the two?

By Tom Jackman  |  09:58 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Courts, Vienna | Tags:  Barns of Rose Hill, Barns at Wolf Trap, Virginia

Posted at 11:05 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Fairfax lawyer Glenn Lewis plummets from limelight

He was one of the most widely known, and most expensive, divorce lawyers in the D.C. area. Now Glenn Lewis’s practice has collapsed, he’s filed for bankruptcy and facing fraud and malpractice claims.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:05 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Courts, Fairfax County | Tags:  Glenn Lewis, Virginia

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Redskin Rickie Harris again ruled competent for DUI trial

After one Fairfax County judge ruled that the former player was competent, the Redskins sent him to a new expert, who said he wasn’t competent. A second judge disagreed, again.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:43 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Courts, Sports | Tags:  Rickie Harris, Virginia

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Loudoun man: I killed my wife with a sledgehammer to put her out of her misery

Steven Combs-Lafleur admits he struck his wife in the back of the head with a sledgehammer, but only after she was injured after he fell on her. A jury says murder one.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:14 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Crime, Courts | Tags:  Steven Combs-Lafleur, Catherine Combs-Lafleur, Virginia

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Fairfax police sued in David Masters shooting

A wrongful death suit was filed on behalf of the unarmed man killed by a Fairfax officer, but the dead man’s ex-wife and stepdaughter say it was done without their knowledge or consent.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Police, Courts | Tags:  David Masters, Jon Shields, Virginia

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Bobby Stafford, respected defense lawyer, dies

The 6’8” criminal defense attorney was endlessly charming but also extremely knowledgeable.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:35 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Courts, Fairfax County

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Prince William hosts important global warming case

In Manassas, a conservative environmental group is making headway in a possibly landmark fight to obtain the e-mails of a U-Va. professor who has theorized that global warming is caused by humans.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Courts | Tags:  global warming, Michael Mann, Virginia

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 08/02/2011

Lee Malvo tries, fails to change his name

Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo tried in court to change his name to Joseph Lee Ostrierre, saying he feared for his safety. A Wise County judge said people would know him, whatever his name.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Crime, Courts | Tags:  Lee Boyd Malvo, Virginia

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Loudoun deputy prosecutor takes over in Fauquier

Jim Fisher had already announced he was running for the commonwealth’s attorney’s job in Fauquier County, but when the incumbent resigned he was appointed to take the job in the interim.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Courts | Tags:  Jim Fisher, Virginia