Friday, August 29, 2003

Denial of funds for DNA expert held to be reversible error

In Sanchez v. Com., the Virginia Court of Appeals in an opinion by Judge Annunziata joined by Chief Judge Fitzpatrick and Judge Clements reversed the appellant's hit-and-run conviction and other convictions on account of the trial court's failure to provide funding for a DNA expert to rebut the Commonwealth's evidence about whose DNA was at the accident scene.

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