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Charge dismissed for inadvertent ‘Brady’ violation (access required)

Even though late disclosure of favorable evidence was an inadvertent oversight by prosecutors, a federal judge says the omission constituted suppression of Brady material that required dismissal of a firearm-related charge against an accused drug kingpin. The recently disclosed video ...

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

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)

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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