And, amazingly, there are still occasions wherein the law acts as a shield rather than a sword:
The federal supreme court says that before you can kill a defendant you must tell the jury the factors which led to him being this way. Mitigation evidence is required.States cannot make ex post facto changes to their statutes of limitations which allow accused to be brought to trial even thought the statute of limitations has already run once.
Of course, this is not too much of a problem in Virginia since we don't believe in statutes of limitations for felonies.
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