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Virginia Prosecutors Seek the Death Penalty Less Often

Posted by Phoenix S. Ayotte | 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.

About the Author

Phoenix S. Ayotte

Ms. Ayotte of Ayotte Law is of counsel to Carmichael Ellis & Brock. She was named one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2014, "Top 40 Under 40" in 2015, "Top Lawyer" by Who's Who Global Directory, and a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2016. In the past year alone, Ms. Ayotte has been responsible for dismissals, acquittals, or reduced charges in many serious cases where her clients were unjustly charged, such as: accessory to homicide, felonious mob assault, attempted malicious wounding, robbery, abduction, arson, possession with intent to distribute, burglary, counterfeiting, sodomy with a minor, child abuse, domestic assault, and more


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