CrimProf Blog

Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network

Friday, January 14, 2005

Criminal Law in Virginia

Here's a fascinating article from the New York Times about the sentencing structure in Virginia; it takes into account factors linked to recidivism such as sex and age.  So young men get higher sentences than old women, say, for the same offense.  Grits for Breakfast has a comment, as does CrimLaw, which says the Times gets it a bit wrong.  Virginia law also has no presumption that a criminal statute has mens rea, the CrimLaw blog informed me. TalkLeft reports that Virginia is considering criminalizing failure to report a miscarriage, which would presumably be a strict liability crime because it lists no mens rea term. UPDATE: If this blog is right, the miscarriage bill will be amended to apply onlu to stillborn full term births.  [Jack Chin]

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2005/01/law_in_virginia.html

Criminal Law | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfae553ef00d83432570b53ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Criminal Law in Virginia:

Comments

The NY Times doesn't get Virginia sentencing exactly right. See my comment here:

http://crimlaw.blogspot.com/2005/01/sentencing-by-status.html

The local news here has been reporting that the bill concerning miscarriage is being withdrawn by its sponsor.

Posted by: ken | Jan 14, 2005 3:24:08 PM

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THEY BRUNG BACK THE 65% OR DO FELONS STILL HAVE TO DO 85% OF THER TIME

Posted by: KARA JOHNSON | Feb 14, 2006 2:07:45 PM

Post a comment