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DNA notification training dates set

The Virginia State Bar has posted a schedule of training sessions for lawyers planning to help in a pro bono effort to notify convicts about the discovery of DNA evidence related to their charges.

The first session is Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Richmond area.  Other sessions are set during September in Charlottesville, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.

The VSB says MCLE credits may be available for those who participate in the training program.

The 2009 General Assembly passed legislation directing the use of pro bono private attorneys in the effort to ensure that proper notifications are made.

Virginia’s unique DNA notice project began in 2005 when then-Gov. Mark Warner ordered examination of all case files from 1974 through 1988 after evidence from old files cleared five men of rape convictions.

By Peter Vieth

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