28 Jan Virginia: Crime Victims – a Lawyer’s Abuse
In Burkeen v. Commonwealth, No. 122718, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed a conviction for malicious wounding, even though the unprovoked assailant only struck his defenseless crime victim with a single bare fist blow to the face. “We hold that, under the circumstances, there was sufficient evidence of violence and brutality for the circuit court to find that, although [Defendant] delivered only one blow with a closed fist, he acted with malice and he intended to maim [his crime victim].” Id. at 8.
Mr. Waterman represents certain crime victims against their perpetrators in civil lawsuits for substantial compensatory damages, including particularly sexual abuse victims. Where Defendants act with malice, which is the case with most crimes, their crime victims also may recover punitive or exemplary damages; and any civil judgment in favor of the crime victim Plaintiff may not be dischargeable in Bankruptcy by the Defendant.
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