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Criminal – SVPA – Civil Commitment – Substantial Compliance (access required)

Although the first psychologist who evaluated appellant as a “sexually violent predator” did not satisfy the “treatment” criteria of Va. Code § 37.2-904, the commonwealth promptly substituted a qualified professional for another evaluation and an amended petition and it “substantially ...

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Criminal – Confrontation Clause – Certificates Of Analysis – DNA Expert – iiiMelendez-Diaziii (access required)

In this rape and robbery case remanded from the U.S. Supreme Court in light of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, the Supreme Court of Virginia says the commonwealth’s failure to call as witnesses two forensic scientists who played preliminary roles in the ...

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Criminal – Confrontation Clause – Certificates Of Analysis – Cocaine – Melendez-Diaz (access required)

In two consolidated cocaine cases remanded from the U.S. Supreme Court in light of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, the Supreme Court of Virginia says admission into evidence of certificates of analysis pursuant to former Va. Code §§ 19.2-187 and 187.1 violated ...

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McDonnell denies clemency for Lewis

Gov. Bob McDonnell has declined to intervene in the scheduled execution of Teresa Lewis. In 2003, Lewis plead guilty to two counts of capital murder for hire of her husband and step-son. She was sentenced to death on both counts, ...

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