Capital cases; sentencing defendant, jury instructions. (HB84)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sentencing in capital cases. Requires as part of sentencing in capital cases that, at the request of the defendant, a jury be instructed (i) that an individual who was sentenced to death in the Commonwealth and twice scheduled to be executed was later granted an absolute pardon absolving him of guilt for a capital murder conviction on the basis of DNA testing, (ii) about any cases in the United States in which an individual has been posthumously exonerated for a crime for which such individual was executed, and (iii) that eyewitness identifications have been shown in many cases to be inaccurate and highly susceptible to suggestion. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/10/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101748D
12/10/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law
01/14/2016Assigned App. sub: Subcommittee Criminal Law
01/14/2016Assigned Courts sub:
01/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB84)
02/01/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Courts of Justice