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Deeds strikes bill to ban court before panel votes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds saved the Senate Courts of Justice Committee the trouble of killing his bill to abolish the Virginia Court of Appeals.

Deeds almost jokingly called his bill “real reform” in presenting it to the incredulous panel.

Fellow Democratic Sen. Dick Saslaw asked rhetorically why not also try to abolish circuit courts and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Deeds replied that the Court of Appeals was created in 1995 and, unlike Circuit and Supreme Courts, isn’t mandated in the state Constitution. Rather, he said, it seemed to be mostly a way to reward former prosecutors and ex-judges.

Deeds stood before the silent committee for an awkward moment. When no one moved to report his bill, he withdrew it on his own as he left the room.

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