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Trial of Capital Murder Cases in Virginia – 7th Edition (2016) is Now AvailableTrial of Capital Murder Cases in Virginia

A cooperative effort of Virginia CLE and the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, with financial assistance provided by a grant from the Virginia Law Foundation.


Authored by Professor Ronald J. Bacigal of the University of Richmond School of Law, this essential resource is both a guide for attorneys and a source of information for judges who are involved with capital cases in Virginia.  The book includes several tables of relevant cases arranged by different groupings:  by defendant’s surname; by degree of aggravation and mitigation; by aggravator; and by the section of the Virginia Code offended.  There is also a section discussing ineffective assistance of counsel issues.  If you handle criminal cases in Virginia where capital punishment is even a possibility, you should have this book.

The seventh edition of this book was published in January 2016.  It is now available in print, CD-ROM, and USB flash drive formats and is also available for immediate download from the Virginia CLE website. 

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