Witnesses; protection of identity. (HB1126)

Introduced By

Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Protection of witness identity. Provides that a court may allow a witness in a criminal case to testify while wearing a disguise designed to conceal the witness's identity, using a pseudonym, or both if protection of the identity of the witness is necessary to further an important public policy and the reliability of the evidence presented by the witness whose identity would be protected is otherwise assured. The attorney for the Commonwealth may file a motion prior to trial seeking to protect a witness's identity and, if the defendant objects, the court shall hold an in camera hearing on the motion. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/13/2014Committee
01/13/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103704D
01/13/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
02/03/2014Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice

Comments

Tom Nesbitt writes:

Doesn't this pose a Confrontation Clause problem?