Saturday, February 07, 2004

No relief from 21-day rule for those who plead guilty

As reported here ("Senators' effort on 21-day bill falls short," 2/6/2004) in the Roanoke paper, a Senate committee rejected an amendment to the 21-day rule that would allow felons who plead guilty to get submit evidence of innocence more than 21 days after the entry of the final order in their criminal cases. As reported here ("Senate Votes to Lift Time Limit on New Evidence," 2/7/2004) in the Washington Post (registration required), the Senate passed a more limited alteration to the 21-day rule, that may face difficulties in the House of Delegates.

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