Special Session Controversy

Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The Governor has notified members of the State Senate and House of Delegates that the emergency session will begin on the 19th of August.

The purpose of the session -- to respond to a recent U-S Supreme Court decision about the type of testimony that must be allowed in criminal prosecutions.

Last month, the high court ruled that scientists and lab technicians must be made available to testify in person instead of just filing written reports. Some believe that ruling calls in to question certain aspects of current Virginia law, and if the law is not changed, accused criminals may be able to have their court cases dismissed.

WMRA's Tom Graham has been tracking the controversy and filed this in depth report.