Law & Crime

Retaliatory Eviction
4:51 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Proposed Legislation Would Side with Tenants in Cases of Eviction

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It’s unlawful for landlords to evict tenants for taking legal action or notifying authorities about uninhabitable conditions, but tenants may have little recourse under current state law.  As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, proposed legislation would make it less difficult for tenants to win a case if retaliation is a cause of eviction.

Tenants have a right to decent conditions, but the Virginia Poverty Law Center’s Christie Marra says fear of losing their home makes them afraid to assert those rights. 

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Police Say Daughter Knew Suspect
1:51 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Double Murder in Charlottesville: "Not A Random Act"

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Charlottesville police say the murder of two women over the weekend was not a random act – that a man now in custody knew at least one of his victims. 

Police Chief Tim Longo said the arrest of 30-year-old Gene Washington came after officers  searched outside the Barracks Road West apartment complex and questioned neighbors about the brutal murders of elementary school teacher Robin Aldridge and her 17-year-old daughter Mani.

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Greene Primary School
4:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Child Handcuffed and School Policies Questioned

Greene County is buzzing this week over a surprising confrontation at one of its schools.  A four-year-old kid with attention deficit disorder caused a ruckus in the pre-K classroom, and when the principal could not restore calm, the local sheriff handcuffed the child and took him away in a squad car.

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"They Blamed the Victim"
3:17 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

UVA Students Continue Dialogue on Sexual Assault, PTSD, and Irresponsible Journalism

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In the wake of Rolling Stone renouncing its own story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, some students say that Jackie, the undergraduate at the center of the storm, has been abused-- this time by the magazine.

"We are trying to stop a culture of blaming the victim, but that's exactly what they did: they blamed the victim."

That's Jacob Irby, as he meets up with members of a student singing group along Rugby Road. Another, Frank Song, says the article carved a path of destruction by portraying administrators and students as indifferent to rape.

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Publication Backs Off Story
3:46 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Rolling Stone Says Trust In Source Was "Misplaced"

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The editor of Rolling Stone is casting doubt on a University of Virginia student’s account of being gang-raped at a fraternity party.

The account was published in a lengthy article in Rolling Stone last month and has put a spotlight on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S.

Here’s the statement by Rolling Stone, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the account given by the woman identified only as “Jackie.”
 

Rolling Stone | December 5, 2014

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