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Court Has ‘Inherent Authority’ to Defer Judgment (access required)

Despite entering defendant’s guilty plea on drug charges after finding “overwhelming” evidence against him, the trial court nevertheless had inherent authority to withhold a finding of guilt, and the Supreme Court of Virginia reverses the contrary decision of the Court of Appeals; until the trial court enters an order adjudicating guilt, it has not exercised ...

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