09 February 2003

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The Legislature may cause a constitutional confrontation in Virginia by trying to keep the Governor from restoring rights to felons (to vote, hold office, serve on juries). Hard to picture this as more than political hardball. Hard to justify refusing to let someone exercise his right to vote (especially several years after) and how do you get elected after you got a nasty felony (think your opponent will let that go by?). As well, what prosecutor wouldn't strike a convict from the jury during peremptory strikes? Although I do agree that a restitution requirement actually makes sense.

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