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Criminal Practice – Commutation muted challenge to initial sentence (access required)

A defendant initially sentenced to six life terms for non-homicide offenses received a partial pardon from Virginia’s then-governor. The pardon mooted the defendant’s constitutional challenge to his initial sentence, and the district court erred in ruling on it. Background sAt age 15, Travion Blount participated in the armed robbery of 12 people at a house party. A ...

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