Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Malvo's attorneys want a change of venue?

The Washington Post is reporting here that attorneys for the accused sniper Lee Malvo are seeking a change of venue away from Fairfax County.

I don't know what the statistics are but I imagine the chances of getting the death penalty are increased in some less urban jurisdictions, although the death sentence is given in Fairfax County, as in the Kasi case almost six years ago. The Commonwealth's attorney in Prince William County, where the sniper Muhammad will be tried, has gotten juries to decide on a sentence of death 12 times, the most of any Virginia prosecutor since the reinstatement of the death penalty, as reported here.

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