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Virginia cops have only narrow exceptions for warrantless home entry

Virginia cops and other police nationwide are aware of the concept of a community caretaking function, which they and prosecutors try to use in the absence of any other possible justifiable grounds for searching and seizing people and their property, and for entering their homes....

Split on Supreme Court on capital cases – Virginia criminal lawyer

Split 5-4 capital punishment decisions will keep arising with the Supreme Court's hardcore death penalty greenlighters (Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch), the usual remaining members of that five (Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh) and the four more "liberal" justices who at least question the...

Capital defendants are humans – Treat them with dignity

Capital punishment in the United States has proceeded somewhat away from an arbitrary and capricious system that previously allowed judges rather than juries to decide a death sentence, and for people to be executed for crimes other than murder. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I...

Judges are not here to fix lapses and loopholes of statute writers

Being human, judges might feel inclined to fix lapses and loopholes left by statute writers. Judges must resist any such temptation. Lapses by statute writers stay in the laps of statute writers, and judges have no business fixing the oversights and mistakes of statute writers,...