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Jury Reform In Virginia (access required)

Virginia’s rules on jury service should be changed to inform jurors that they may take notes during trial and discuss a case during trial breaks, according to a jury reform group. Trial judges swore in over 4,000 juries in the ...

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Court-Appointed Statute is Challenged in Appeal (access required)

The struggle for better pay for court-appointed lawyers surfaced last week in the Virginia Court of Appeals. Appearing before an appeals court panel that included Chief Judge Johanna L. Fitzpatrick, Richmond criminal defense lawyer Steven D. Benjamin attacked Virginia’s statutory ...

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Jury Charge Critical to Acquittals (access required)

When one of Norfolk’s biggest drug conspiracy trials ended earlier this month, five of 13 defendants walked away with acquittals. Five other defendants were convicted only on minor charges and released on bond. Of the remaining three, two were convicted ...

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