Law & Crime

20th Anniversary
6:39 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Crime Victims' Bill of Rights

As advocates mark National Crime Victims Week, in Virginia they're marking the 20th anniversary of the state’s very own Crime Victims' Bill of Rights.  But experts say those provisions, said to have given sufferers more rights with teeth, are also more relevant now as the state deals with proposals to address campus sexual assaults. 

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Millions Scammed
5:43 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Tax-Related Identify Theft

Tax-related identity theft typically occurs when a scammer files a forged tax return using someone else’s Social Security number to claim a refund. In 2013, there were nearly 3 million cases of tax-related ID theft, and the numbers are on the rise.

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Secure Commonwealth Panel
5:14 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Police Force & Body Cameras

As the public conversation continues about the appropriate use of police force, a number of state lawmakers are proposing the use of body-worn cameras by public safety personnel to document what happens during traffic stops and other interactions.

That has prompted a Secure Commonwealth Panel subcommittee to thoroughly examine all of the issues surrounding use of the cameras in the Commonwealth.  They turn out to be far more complex than just strapping on a camera and recording police business.
 

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Law & Crime
5:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Virginia Lawmakers Take on the Fight of the Pamunkey Tribe

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Virginia’s Pamunkey  Tribe was dealt a setback in its effort to gain federal recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Everyone knows Pocahontas, but do you know what tribe she hails from? Virginia’s Pamunkey Indians claim her as an ancestor. While Pocahontas and the Pamunkey have roots that predate the nation’s founding, the tribe isn’t recognized by the federal government because their records were destroyed early last century because a Virginia policy declared only two races: white and black.

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Law & Crime
7:51 am
Thu April 16, 2015

General Assembly Reconvened: Drone Bill Debated

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Governor McAuliffe will soon have to decide whether to veto a bill that limits police use of drones without search warrants or accept the fact that the Senate decided to reject his amendments. That’s just one of the bills that the General Assembly debated today during its annual Reconvened Session.

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