Paper “Shocked” At Va. Criminal Appeal Dismissals

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A Virginia man facing an eight-year prison term on two criminal charges has not had his day in an appeals court for three years, reports the Washington Post. His attorney failed to file key court papers on time, provoking the court in both instances to dismiss the case on procedural grounds. The Post's editorial page, in a three-part series, says the case is all too common among Virginia inmates who wish to appeal their convictions. Last year, more than one in 10 of the 2,660 criminal cases before the Virginia Court of Appeals were dismissed . . .

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