VA HB758 | 2018 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 9 2018 - 25% progression
Action: 2018-02-15 - Left in Courts of Justice
Pending: House Courts of Justice Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Death penalty; severe mental illness. Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, which is defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty. The bill establishes procedures for determining whether a defendant had a severe mental illness at the time of the offense and provides for the appointment of expert evaluators. When the defendant's severe mental illness is at issue, a determination will be made by the jury, or by the judge in a bench trial, as part of the sentencing proceeding, and the defendant bears the burden of proving his severe mental illness by a preponderance of the evidence.

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Death penalty; severe mental illness.



2018-02-15HouseLeft in Courts of Justice
2018-01-09HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2018-01-09HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101690D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
192264.3:1.3(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.3:1.4(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.3:1.5(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.3:3(n/a)See Bill Text
192264.4(n/a)See Bill Text

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