Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Defense counsel in W.D. Va. death penalty case argue - no federal case here

The Charlottesville paper reports here ("Jury gets death penalty case," 10/5/04) that defense lawyers in the federal murder case in Charlottesville argued that there were no federal crimes committed, only state law crimes were committed that should have been prosecuted in state court (or something like that).

I've wondered, what is the basis for federal jurisdiction in that case (and I still don't know).

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