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Virginia Prosecutors Seek the Death Penalty Less Often

Posted by Unknown | May 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that states must consider evidence of intellectual disability and retardation, and that it is unconstitutional to execute those who fit that criteria.

Today, because of that ruling, Virginia capital defendants receive fairer trials, meaning better defense lawyers and more resources, when death is on the table.  That equates to fewer death penalty prosecutions, as we see in this Associated Press article.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pace-death-sentences-executions-slows-virginia-30770404

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