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Bill would curb courts’ ‘inherent authority’ (access required)

Virginia prosecutors are backing a bill at the General Assembly intended to take away judges’ newfound authority to defer and dismiss criminal charges in any case, even when the evidence would support conviction. A defense lawyer familiar with the legislation said the measure could miss its mark and might exceed the assembly’s authority, however. House Bill 2513 ...

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  1. Putting aside the obvious conflcit of interest in Prosecutor Gilbert pushing legislation to further stack the deck in favor of his office, what’s so wrong with allowing this case decison to be applied for awhile so we have some actual experience and knowledge about whether it truly is a problem for anyone other than prosecutors and cops who are so used to having it their way all the time?

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