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Va. Cir.: Ex parte hearing granted, but before different judge (access required)

An indigent defendant facing two life sentences for rape and related offenses can argue ex parte why he requires expert assistance, but he must make his case to a circuit judge other than the one presiding over the case. Background Defendant Nigel Stockton, an indigent defendant with appointed counsel, is charged with rape, abduction with intent to ...