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Judge Not Obliged to Excuse ‘Vast Majority’ of Venire (access required)

A defendant convicted of sexual offenses involving a child cannot use an isolated portion of defense counsel’s voir dire questioning jurors about their attitudes toward children’s accounts of such conduct to support his claim that the trial court should have ...

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No ACCA Enhancement for Prior Statutory Burglary (access required)

An Abingdon U.S. District Court refuses to enhance the sentence for a defendant convicted of firearm possession as a convicted felon because the government has not demonstrated that defendant’s previous statutory burglary conviction counts as a violent felony under 18 ...

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Defendant Admitted Pot in Road Was His (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute where the trial court’s error allowing laboratory certificate without an analyst’s testimony was harmless in view of defendant’s admissions at the trial. A sheriff’s deputy ...

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Governor approves familial DNA testing

The Virginia Department Forensic Science will begin providing familial DNA searches for state law enforcement agencies, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today. The agency has a database of more than 330,000 profiles that can be tested against DNA material from crime ...

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