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Weapons Conviction Vacated, But No ‘Actual Innocence’ (access required)

Although the district court vacated appellant’s felon-in-possession conviction in the wake of U.S. v. Simmons, the 4th Circuit says appellant is not entitled to a certificate of actual innocence that would allow him to recover compensation from the government for ...

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Commission is not ready to soften ‘sexting’ penalties (access required)

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The Virginia State Crime Commission has decided against offering legislation to the 2015 General Assembly to soften criminal penalties in teenage sexting cases. The commission studied sexting – using a cell phone to take and send sexually suggestive photos – ...

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Assembly gets judges’ sentencing numbers (access required)

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When legislators meet Friday, Dec. 12, to interview judges seeking re-election, expect to hear about numbers. The circuit  judges’ compliance rates with Virginia’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, to be exact. Members of the Courts of Justice committees of the Senate and ...

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