Huguely attorneys renew appeal efforts

Right to counsel, juror impartiality questioned

Lawyers representing former University student and convicted murderer George Huguely faced a three judge appeal panel in Richmond earlier this month. Huguely, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence for grand larceny and the second degree murder of University student Yeardley Love in May 2010, is requesting the panel grant him an appeal trial.

Attorney Paul Clement argued that Huguely was not given a fair trial leading up to his February 2012 conviction because his constitutional right to counsel was violated. Clement contended that the trial should not have proceeded after one of Huguely’s lawyers fell ill.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Leah Darron represented the state and said the presence of Huguely’s other lawyer Frances Lawrence allowed the case to continue in 2012.

Clement also called into question the impartiality of a juror who continued to serve the case after expressing her belief that Huguely was guilty at the time of the trial.

“This was one of the most sensationalized cases in Charlottesville and in that context, this case should have been made more fair, clear and balanced,” Clement said in an interview with ABC News.

A decision on whether Huguely will be granted the appeal is expected in the next few weeks.

Published December 28, 2013 in News

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