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Verdict still out on impact of jury sentencing change, but Southside prosecutors worried it’ll tax judicial system – Martinsville Bulletin

{{featured_button_text}} Southside prosecutors are worried an upcoming change that eliminates juries from sentencing a defendant will lead to an overwhelmed judicial system.The General Assembly passed a law in 2020 that will take away the requirement for sentencing by a jury, effective July 1.Virginia was the first state to enact jury sentencing in the 1790s, with some states following suit but several abandoning the process in the 1970s and ’80s. Five other states give juries sentencing power today. Nester State Sen. …

 

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