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No Need for Involuntary Manslaughter Jury Instruction (access required)

At defendant’s trial for felony homicide for the fatal shooting of his fiancee’s 10-year-old son, the trial court did not err in rejecting defendant’s proffered jury instruction regarding involuntary manslaughter based on defendant’s assertion that he only brandished the firearm ...

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Court Upholds Virginia Capital Sentencing Laws (access required)

A Virginia defendant cannot overturn his 2011 death sentence based on a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court declaring unconstitutio nal Florida’s capital-sentencing scheme, in which a jury renders an “advisory sentence” but a judge must independently weigh the aggravating and mitigating ...

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