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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)


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)


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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