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Justice reform 2021: Assembly poised to erase mandatory minimums (access required)

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When the 2021 Virginia General Assembly opens on Jan. 13, criminal justice reform, a major issue in last year’s session, will be back front and center. A group of progressive Virginia prosecutors has united behind a five-point agenda for the ...

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Fighting a ‘perception of injustice’: Fairfax judge to remove courtroom portraits for trial (access required)

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A Fairfax County judge says he will not force a Black defendant to go on trial in a courtroom lined with portraits of white judges. Circuit Judge David Bernhard granted a motion to remove courtroom portraits that “overwhelmingly” depict white ...

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Court gives potentially sanctionable conduct a pass as result of pandemic-related uncertainty (access required)

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As we enter our ninth month of the pandemic and COVID-19 numbers are surging across the country, lawyers and judges alike are bracing for newfound full or partial shutdowns. If and when the shutdowns occur, our court systems will undoubtedly ...

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