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The Law Office will be closed Wednesday through Friday

DISCLAIMER: THE CASE RESULTS DISCUSSED IN THIS NEWS POST DEPENDED ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE, CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE UNDERTAKEN BY THE FIRM. Just like many of you, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with our families. The Law Office will be closed Wednesday to Friday (the 23rd through the 25th), and we’ll be back to normal business hours on Monday the 28th. Last week was a busy and exciting week for us. Kirk was down in Camp Lejeune, NC to defend a Marine Corporal against a variety of charges including sexual assault, assault, drunk and disorderly, false officialRead More …

SCoVA decides important but somewhat boring jurisdictional question

In a decision that is of interest to lawyers and probably boring to everyone else, SCoVA held that the filing a notice of appeal does not divest the trial court of its jurisdiction to consider a defendant’s post-trial motion to withdraw a guilty plea under Virginia Code § 19.2-296 in Velazquez v. Commonwealth of Virginia. (PDF of slip opinion available here.) Mr. Velazquez was charged with computer solicitation of a child in violation of Virginia Code § 18.2-374.3 and attempted indecent liberties with a minor in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-370. During his hearing,he was represented by counsel with the aid of a Spanish interpreter. He signed a guilty plea questionnaire and a written plea agreement. UnderRead More …

Colonel Caughey found dead in his Colorado Springs home

Air Force Colonel Eugene Marcus Caughey–whose argument that the miltary’s adultery law discriminates against heterosexuals was discussed briefly here–was found dead in his Colorado home. It appears that he committed suicide. Col Caughey was scheduled to be tried by court-martial for rape and multiple counts of adultery on October 17, 2016.