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Study: Women may get lighter sentences (access required)

Women who commit nonviolent crimes are sentenced more leniently than their male counterparts, a study of gender bias in the commonwealth’s court system has concluded. A pilot “risk assessment” study of Virginia’s voluntary sentencing guidelines also suggests that the guidelines ...

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Judicial Panel Backs End To Jury Sentencing (access required)

Despite widespread opposition from Virginia prosecutors, the Judicial Council of Virginia has recommended the abolition of jury sentencing in the commonwealth. The council, the policymaking body for Virginia courts, acted on the jury sentencing proposal at its Oct. 23 meeting, ...

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Brain Injury Trial Reports (access required)

Traumatic brain injury cases have been a staple of the Trial Reports Section since Virginia Lawyers Weekly began publishing the feature in 1986. Excluding medical malpractice cases, VLW has published over 60 brain-injury trial reports in the past seven years. ...

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