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Virginia malicious wounding- Non-consensual tattooing is disfigurement

Alexander Michael Edwards in 2016 was convicted in Campbell County, Virginia, Circuit Court for malicious wounding for the non-consensual tattooing of two minors, and for conspiring to murder them to avoid their testimony against him at trial. The elements of malicious wounding under the Virginia...

Virginia criminal defense- The power of asserting speedy trial rights

Virginia is not the most hospitable of places for criminal defendants, with its crabbed criminal discovery rules that lead to trial by fire, its harsh presumptions of no pretrial bail for too many felonies, and its absence of an automatic appeal from a felony trial...

Enabling the jury to convict on a lesser count

In Virginia, “'A defendant is entitled to have the jury instructed only on those theories of the case that are supported by [more than a scintilla of] evidence.'" Witherow v. Virginia, ___ Va. App. ___ (Dec. 1, 2015) (quoting Eaton v. Virginia, 240 Va....