SB 1066 Petition for writ of actual innocence.
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Summary as introduced:
Petition for writ of actual innocence. Provides that a person may petition for a writ of actual innocence based on biological evidence regardless of the type of plea he entered at trial. Under current law, a person may petition for a writ based on biological evidence if he (i) entered a plea of not guilty, (ii) is convicted of murder, or (iii) is convicted of a felony for which the maximum punishment is imprisonment for life. The bill also provides that the Supreme Court of Virginia shall grant the writ upon finding that the petitioner has proven the allegations supporting the writ by a preponderance of the evidence. Currently, the Court must make such a finding based on clear and convincing evidence.

Full text:
01/06/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103488D  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/06/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103488D
01/06/17  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/17  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (8-Y 7-N)
01/31/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/01/17  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/02/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N)
02/06/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/17  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/15/17  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/21/17  House: Left in Courts of Justice