Attorneys for George Huguely, convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, will have stronger grounds to argue his appeal. A three-judge panel says the court that tried the former University of Virginia lacrosse player may have violated even more of his rights.
Huguely's high-profile defense team now has three more areas it can argue before the court of appeals. But the panel did reject the idea of putting a manslaughter cap on any future convictions.
Huguely's lawyers can now argue that refusing to allow the defense to ask questions of potential jurors and strike them during the trial violated Huguely's Sixth-Amendment rights. The panel also said Huguely's attorneys can argue that the circuit court did not adequately instruct the jury about the meaning of malice.
A judge granted Huguely an appeal hearing in April on two of five alleged trial issues. In a statement, attorney Paul Clement said, "We are very pleased that the court of appeals has expanded the appeal to include all of the issues that go to the heart of the fairness of the trial and the validity of George's conviction."
A hearing date has not been set. Attorneys say the briefing will take place over the next few months.
The case will probably be argued at some point in the fall or winter.