Robinson v. Commonwealth (1999)

In Robinson v. Commonwealth, 258 Va. 3, 516 S.E.2d 475 (1999), the Supreme Court recognized an exception to the hearsay rule allowing the admission in shoplifting cases of price tags affixed to items of merchandise as evidence to prove the value of that merchandise. "Such evidence, when admitted," the Court stated, "would suffice to make out a prima facie case of an item's value and the accused would retain full opportunity to cross-examine adverse witnesses and to present rebutting evidence on the issue of value." Id. at 10, 516 S.E.2d at 479.