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Discovery Deposition Testimony may not be used as a basis for summary judgment or a motion to strike in Virginia (except for some punitive claims).

Question: Can a litigant in Virginia state courts use discovery deposition testimony as a basis for summary judgment or a motion to strike the evidence? Answer: No.  Unless the parties agree, Virginia Code § 8.01-420 specifically excludes such use, except for claims of punitive damages in cases that do not involve operation of a motor [...]

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Torture – When Our Nation Denies the Basis of Human Rights

So is it any surprise that the US Government that routinely fails to recognize the difference between separation of state and religion and hostility to religion has recently disclosed its despicable descent into denial of basic human rights torturing enemies? McCain — “the use of torture comprises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, [...]

Freaky Friday Halloween Decision – Drink and operate your car radio on your property may result in DUI conviction

Freaky Friday Halloween Decision by the Virginia Supreme Court.  The public is mystified by what it considers a new legal absurdity -Listening to your car radio in a private driveway while drinking is illegal and may result in a DUI conviction!  Sarafin v. Commonwealth of Virginia, October 31, 2014. The odd conclusion in this DUI case [...]

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Firm offers 2014 CLE – Advancing Civil Rights in Virginia – 6 CLE

Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. and Hull Street Law hosted a one-day seminar entitled “Advancing Civil Rights in Virginia” at the Richmond Hilton Garden on October 27, 2014.  For Information Click Here!  

A summary of the law for wrongful death in Virginia caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another.

En Español A summary of the law of wrongful death actions in Virginia. When a family member dies as a result of the neglect or wrongful action of another, a lawsuit for damages may be brought by the personal representative of the decedent within two years after the death of the injured person.  (Va. § [...]

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La Muerte Injusta – Un resumen de la ley en Virginia

In English – Wrongful Death in Virginia La Muerte Injusta – Un resumen de la ley en Virginia Cuando un miembro de su familia se muere por causa del un hecho negligente o injusto el representativo personal del fallecido se puede hacer una demanda para daños y perjuicios dentro de los dos años del fallecimiento [...]

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Can I sue the judge?

Q. Can I sue the judge for damages?  A. No. The judge is absolutely immune from a claim for damages arising out of his judicial actions.  Yes, if he acts in an area where he has no subject matter jurisdiction. If the judge acts in an area where he has subject matter jurisdiction, even if [...]

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I’ve been sued for defamation–how do I defend a defamation claim?

You’ve been accused of defamation in Virginia.  What’s next? A general summary of defamation and the steps that should be taken when sued for defamation is as follows: Take a deep breath, organize your thoughts and consider your defenses and contact a lawyer with skill in this area of the law.  Following is useful analysis [...]

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Freedom Works

Freedom Works Commentary by Thomas H. Roberts, Esq. Founder of Freedom Works Foundation The United States of America was founded upon the ideal of Freedom. What is the origin of Freedom?  Adopted unanimously by the thirteen colonies July 4, 1776, the founders of this country declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [...]

Prior Restraint of Speech – First Amendment Violations

RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM PRIOR RESTRAINT AND CENSORSHIP IN VIRGINIA You Can Help Defray the Legal Fees of Cox and Karn – To Help In This Battle The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C., an affiliate law firm of Freedom Works Foundation, is proud to stand against prior restraints and censorship [...]

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