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Jury Query Claim Saved, Mistrial Claim Defaulted (access required)

In these consolidated cases, the Virginia Supreme Court says the statutory exception to the contemporaneous objection rule applies to allow appeal of a trial judge’s decision to respond to questions from the jury during deliberation on criminal charges without notifying ...

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Habeas Relief for Juvenile Assault Case (access required)

A Stafford County Circuit Court grants a writ of habeas corpus to a defendant convicted of sexual assault as a juvenile, based on his court-appointed lawyer’s constitutionally ineffective assistance of counsel, which included a failure to adequately investigate allegations that ...

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