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Tucked inside the massive crime bill that received initial approval last week from the D.C. Council was a little-noticed provision that would give the government the right to appeal certain decisions by D.C. Superior Court judges. If passed, the bill would allow attorneys in the D.C. Attorney General’s Office to challenge trial court decisions regarding the detention and release conditions of juveniles while they are awaiting trial or after they have been convicted. In addition, the government could appeal orders granting a new trial after someone has been convicted. Traci Hughes, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Attorney General’s Office, says the office has been pushing for this power since Robert Spagnoletti became attorney general three years ago. “What it really does,” Hughes says, “is put us on par with other attorney general’s offices around the country.”
Bethany Broida can be contacted at [email protected].

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