Monday, January 17, 2005

What's this about filing an ex parte motion?

The Winchester Star has this story ("Attorney General Claims Bell Filing Is 'Unethical,'" 1/13/05) about allegations by the Office of the Attorney General that a lawyer for a deathrow inmate filed an unethical ex parte motion in the habeas corpus proceedings before Chief Judge Jones of the W.D. Va.

I'm not sure that I understand what it means to file an ex parte motion, particular now with electronic filing, but then again, it never says anywhere in this article whether or not the defense lawyer served the motion on the Commonwealth or how they find out about it.

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