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Court Upholds Capital Defense Expert Law (access required)

The Virginia statute governing appointment of a mental health expert to assist an indigent defendant in a capital murder sentencing does not subject defendant to disparate treatment, compared to non-indigent defendants, because of the statutory reporting requirements imposed on experts appointed pursuant to Va. Code § 19.2-264.3:1 and the statutory disclosure requirements after notice of ...