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Criminal – Death Penalty – Victim Impact Evidence (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court denies a federal death-row defendant’s motion to set aside the death-penalty verdict, which argues that the court improperly allowed the government to present inappropriate victim-impact evidence related to the victim’s status as a Navy officer. The victim impact testimony pertained to the government’s non-statutory aggravating factor one: that defendant caused ...