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Multi-jurisdiction grand jury; hate crimes.
Adds the following to the list of crimes that a multi-jurisdiction grand jury may investigate: (i) simple assault or assault and battery where the victim was intentionally selected because of his race, religious conviction, color, or national origin; (ii) entering the property of another for purposes of damaging such property or its contents or interfering with the rights of the owner, user, or occupant where such property was intentionally selected because of the race, religious conviction, color, or national origin of the owner, user, or occupant; and (iii) various offenses that tend to cause violence.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 19.2-215.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 19.2-215.1. Functions of a multi-jurisdiction grand jury.
The functions of a multi-jurisdiction grand jury are:
1. To investigate any condition that involves or tends to promote criminal violations of:
a. Title 10.1 for which punishment as a felony is authorized;
b. � 13.1-520;
e. Article 6 (� 18.2-59 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2;
f. Article 7.1 (� 18.2-152.1 et seq.) of Chapter 5 of Title 18.2;
h. Article 1 (� 18.2-325 et seq.) and Article 1.1:1 (� 18.2-340.15 et seq.) of Chapter 8 of Title 18.2, Chapter 29 (� 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 or any other provision prohibiting, limiting, regulating, or otherwise affecting gaming or gambling activity;
i. � 18.2-434, when violations occur before a multi-jurisdiction grand jury;
k. � 18.2-460 for which punishment as a felony is authorized;
l. Article 1.1 (� 18.2-498.1 et seq.) of Chapter 12 of Title 18.2;
m. Article 1 (� 32.1-310 et seq.) of Chapter 9 of Title 32.1;
n. Chapter 4.2 (� 59.1-68.6 et seq.) of Title 59.1;
o. Article 9 (� 3.2-6570 et seq.) of Chapter 65 of Title 3.2;
p. Article 1 (� 18.2-30 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2;
s. Chapter 6.1 (� 59.1-92.1 et seq.) of Title 59.1;
t. � 18.2-178 where the violation involves insurance fraud;
v. Article 9 (� 18.2-246.1 et seq.) of Chapter 6 of Title 18.2;
w. Article 2 (� 18.2-38 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2;
x. Malicious felonious assault and malicious bodily wounding under Article 4 (� 18.2-51 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2;
y. Article 5 (� 18.2-58 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2;
z. Felonious sexual assault under Article 7 (� 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2;
ab. Chapter 13 (� 18.2-512 et seq.) of Title 18.2;
ad. Subsection A or B of � 18.2-57 where the victim was selected because of his race, religious conviction, [ gender, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, ] color, or national origin;
ae. � 18.2-121 for which punishment as a felony is authorized;
af. Article 5 (� 18.2-420 et seq.) of Chapter 9 of Title 18.2; and
ag. Any other provision of law when such condition is discovered in the course of an investigation that a multi-jurisdiction grand jury is otherwise authorized to undertake and to investigate any condition that involves or tends to promote any attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to violate the laws enumerated in this section.
2. To report evidence of any criminal offense enumerated in subdivision 1 and for which a court reporter has recorded all oral testimony as provided by � 19.2-215.9 to the attorney for the Commonwealth or United States attorney of any jurisdiction where such offense could be prosecuted or investigated, or to the chief law-enforcement officer of any jurisdiction where such offense could be prosecuted or investigated, or to a sworn investigator designated pursuant to � 19.2-215.6, or, when appropriate, to the Attorney General.
3. To consider bills of indictment prepared by a special counsel to determine whether there is sufficient probable cause to return each such indictment as a "true bill." Only bills of indictment which allege an offense enumerated in subdivision 1 may be submitted to a multi-jurisdiction grand jury.
4. The provisions of this section shall not abrogate the authority of an attorney for the Commonwealth in a particular jurisdiction to determine the course of a prosecution in that jurisdiction.
|01/31/2020||House||House: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (13-Y 6-N)|
|01/27/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 3-N)|
|01/14/2020||House||House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102657D|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice|