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Informing Jury Panel of Penalty Ranges during Voir Dire – Trial Judge’s Discretion – Jury Nullification (access required)

Commonwealth v. Hockett Barela (VLW No. 017-8-089, 12 pp.) Fairfax.Cir.Ct. (Bernhard, J.) MI-2017-4 Holding: Where the trial court’s discretion to inform juries of penalty ranges during voir dire is not circumscribed except by the abuse of discretion standard, and there may be benefit to transparency in this cause to explore whether jurors can consider fairly the ...