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Members of the Virginia Crime Commission voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to endorse legislation stripping all mandatory minimum sentences from state code.The sweeping proposal, which lawmakers plan to introduce when the General Assembly convenes later this month, would eliminate mandatory jail and prison terms attached to 224 offenses that range from...
A circuit court judge in Fairfax appears to be the first in Virginia to rule that keeping an indigent defendant in jail in lieu of a cash bond is unconstitutional, writing that it violates the Due Process Clause by forcing poor people awaiting trial to remain confined in jail...
WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned.States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an...
Virginia is asking the Richmond Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit by the Virginia Manufacturers Association that aims to block the state’s participation in a regional carbon cap-and-invest market because it says VMA didn’t pay its court fees in time. “The association did not, within 30 days after filing its...
State lawmakers who represent Norfolk are backing one of their own for a vacant judgeship on the Norfolk General District Court, according to a letter obtained by The Virginia Mercury.The General Assembly's Norfolk delegation is proposing Del. Joe Lindsey, D-Norfolk, a trial lawyer who has also served as a...
The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that police in Fairfax County can resume a surveillance program that passively logged the date, time and location license plates pass by one of their automated readers.The decision overturns a Fairfax County judge’s ruling last year that the data collection program violated...
Virginia lawmakers passed a closely watched bill Friday aimed at ensuring people can exercise their right to a jury trial without risking much steeper punishments.Criminal justice reform advocates frequently called the legislation one of the most important changes the General Assembly could adopt during a special legislative session that...
WASHINGTON — A University of Virginia law professor defended Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the highest court in the U.S. during Thursday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.Saikrishna Prakash, a conservative who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, said that Barrett’s success as a law professor at Notre Dame would help...
By Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State UniversityAs a political battle over the Supreme Court’s direction rages in Washington with President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, history shows that political contests over the ideological slant of the court are nothing new.In the 1860s, President Abraham Lincoln worked with fellow...
A group that represents landlords around the state is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to make it easier for them to move eviction lawsuits through the court system.In a letter late last week to Chief Justice Don Lemons, the Virginia Apartment Management Association requested the court issue an...