Law & Crime

Former Governor & Wife
3:31 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Corruption Trial Begins Monday

Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

The federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, begins on Monday.  Federal prosecutors allege the former first couple performed official acts to promote Star Scientific’s products in exchange for roughly $165,000 in gifts and loans from its ex-CEO, Jonnie Williams—then failed to disclose most of those gifts.

McDonnell says he never made such an agreement--and the company received NO quid pro quo.

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Law & Crime
8:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

IRS Phone Scam Spreading Across the State

A nationwide scam has made its way to Virginia and state officials are sending out a warning. 

The latest phone scam to hit the state involves fake IRS agents asking for money, and threatening arrests if you “don’t pay up”. The criminals will claim that you have an outstanding IRS debt and will strongly request that you “settle up” using a credit card.

What makes the situation look and sound so legitimate for many who receive the call, is that the caller ID will likely say the call is coming from the IRS in Washington DC or from a local police department.

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Upcoming Federal Corruption Trial
4:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pre-Trial Hearing for Former Governor & Wife

Former Governor Bob McDonnell
Credit File Photo

While they sat separately but alongside their defense teams, former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, seemed to have a much calmer demeanor than some of other court appearances associated with their upcoming federal corruption trial.  Their defense has been dealt several blows, but their latest pretrial hearing sought to discredit the prosecution’s tactics and star witness.
 

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Morrissey Won't Resign
10:40 am
Wed July 2, 2014

State Delegate Calls Allegations Baseless

State Delegate Joe Morrissey

Henrico Delegate Joe Morrissey says he will not resign his seat in the General Assembly following this week’s indictment that stems from his relationship with a teenager.  He made the statement after a fellow Democrat, Delegate Mark Keam, had called on Morrissey to step down. 

 

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Law & Crime
7:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Confession Tactics For Juveniles Should Be Examined

Police routinely use certain techniques to get confessions from suspects, but a new study from the University of Virginia suggests those tactics should not be used with juveniles.  Because their brains are not fully developed, social scientists say they will respond differently than adults and confess to crimes they didn’t commit. 

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