Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Rape shield law upheld by Virginia Court of Appeals

In Pilcher v. Com., the Court of Appeals in an opinion by Judge Bumgardner and retired Circuit Court Judge Charles H. Smith, Jr., held that the rape shield law, Va. Code § 18.2-67.7, is not void as an "ex post facto" law under the Constitutions of the United States and Virginia, even when applied in cases where the crime was committed a long, long time ago.

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