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February 05, 2009

Criminal Law Seminar to Feature Congressman and First Virginian Exonerated by Advanced DNA Testing

The Virginia State Bar’s 39th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, featuring speakers and classes of interest to criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors, will take place Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at the Williamsburg Marriott and Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Charlottesville. The seminar is sponsored by the VSB’s Criminal Law Section in partnership with Virginia CLE.

U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, now in his eighth term representing Virginia’s Third Congressional District, will speak at the Williamsburg gathering. Scott, an attorney, has successfully sponsored laws critical to Virginians in health care, education, employment, economic development, crime prevention, social services, and consumer protection.

The Charlottesville seminar will feature Marvin Lamont Anderson, the first person to be exonerated in Virginia after post-conviction DNA testing under Virginia Code Sec. 19.2-327. Anderson was convicted in 1982, at age 18, of multiple felonies, including rape. In 2001, after the new law was put in place, Anderson petitioned a court to have forensic evidence retested. The results eliminated him as the perpetrator. He is the 99th person nationally to benefit from post-conviction testing. He was assisted by the Innocence Project.

The Criminal Law Seminar also will offer legal education programs. See the full program (PDF).


Updated: Feb 05, 2009