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Supreme Court approves deferred judgment (access required)

Resolving a sometimes heated debate between prosecutors and defense lawyers in Virginia, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that courts have the inherent authority to take a criminal case under advisement to consider dismissal instead of conviction, even after finding enough evidence to prove guilt. The opinion in Hernandez v. Commonwealth overturns the holding of ...