Virginia seeks review of Muhammad dismissal D. Wes Rist at 4:40 PM ET
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh has filed a petition for review of the decision of Fairfax County Virginia Circuit Judge M. Langhorne Keith's Friday ruling dismissing charges in the second capital murder trial of convicted "DC sniper" John Allen Mohammad. Morrogh argues that the judge erred in calculating the date of the arrest of the suspect, the reasoning behind Keith's dismissal of the case for want of a speedy trial. The Commonwealth is not permitted to appeal the judge's ruling, so the petition for review is the only avenue left.
Muhammad, under a death sentence from Prince William County, still has further prosecutions pending against him in Alabama and Louisiana which are not affected by Keith's ruling. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the story here. The Hampton Roads, VA Daily Press has local coverage here.
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