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Editorial: A trap hidden in plain sight (access required)

Unhappy with a January decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia, four leaders of the House Courts of Justice Committee have set a clever trap for any judge wanting to keep his or her seat. And they’ve hidden it in plain sight. In Hernandez v. Commonwealth, the high court said judges have the authority to defer judgment ...

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  1. The letter sent to judges was and is a bad idea. It looks like an effort to intimidate and engage in indirect legislation. Because the effort to overturn Hernandez legislatively failed, this is the latest tactic. It’s flat out wrong.
    The letter should be withdrawn, and members of the Bar need to speak out against this power-play.

  2. The good news is there is a General Assembly election this fall.

    The Bad News is the voters will probably be stupid.

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