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Topic - Danny Petrole
A Northern Virginia man sentenced to death a decade ago in a high-stakes murder-for-hire scheme could be a step closer to freedom.
The office of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has declined to seek further review from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel said last month that a Chantilly man sentenced to death in 2002 should be exonerated because the prosecution improperly sat on evidence discrediting a key witness.
A federal appeals panel has upheld a ruling vacating the death sentence for a Fairfax man widely believed to have been wrongfully convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme.
Thirty-four high-profile former judges, state attorneys general and law enforcement officials - including the former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court - are arguing against Virginia's effort to reinstate the death sentence of a Northern Virginia man widely believed to have been wrongfully sentenced in a murder-for-hire scheme.