So we’re headed back to Richmond. There seems to be a growing consensus on the fact that a recent Supreme Court decision requires Virginia to find a legislative fix to the problems raised in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts.
Both parties had agreed that this would be the only issue that would be discussed. Otherwise, we’d be at risk of spending the next six weeks in Richmond. I agree with that decision.
Except . . .
There likely will be legislation to compensate Arthur Whitfield for the 22 years he spent in prison for a rape he did not commit. DNA evidence has already cleared Mr. Whitfield.
Add my name to the list. We ought to add legislation to compensate Mr. Whitfield to our Calendar for August 19.