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First writ of actual innocence granted by Court of Appeals (access required)

(AP) A man convicted of felony firearm possession last week became the first person exonerated under a 2004 Virginia law that allows prisoners to present new, non-DNA evidence of their innocence. More than 120 other inmates’ petitions had been rejected before the Virginia Court of Appeals granted Darrell Andrew Copeland’s writ of actual innocence. The attorney general’s ...