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New DNA Tests Are Seen as Key to Virginia Case

New DNA Tests Are Seen as Key to Virginia Case NEW YORK TIMES

September 7, 2000

New DNA Tests Are Seen as Key to Virginia Case

By FRANCIS X. CLINES

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 6 - Lawyers for Earl Washington Jr., a model prisoner with the mental development of a 10-year-old, filed a petition today for a full pardon after 17 years in prison, 6 years after a DNA test raised strong doubts about his conviction in a rape and homicide.

Even as the petition was filed, the lawyers were awaiting results of a more definitive DNA test that they said in the petition they were certain

Virginia Needs a Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Virginia needs a moratorium on the death penalty Roanoke Times

January 31, 2002
Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr., R-McLean*
op-ed

Virginia needs a moratorium on the death penalty

In the past, I have been a strong advocate of the death penalty. I voted in favor of the resumption of capital punishment in 1977, and I have supported additional provisions expanding the categories of criminal actions for which the death penalty may be imposed.

However, I have now become one of those who believe that we must take

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