Law & Crime

Felony Threshold May Be Lowered
4:52 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Crime Commission Adopts New Tactic on Cigarette Smuggling

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In spite of recent stronger penalties, traffickers are still smuggling Virginia’s low-tax cigarettes to other states—especially to New York City, where demand for the Commonwealth’s cigarettes is soaring due to the city’s high excise taxes. 

Some estimates suggest that 21 percent of Virginia cigarettes end up in other states, where profits are so high that many criminals would rather sell tobacco than heroin. But the State Crime Commission is recommending a different tactic to deter the traffickers.

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Law & Crime
1:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

McDonnell Case: Request for New Trial Denied

August, 2014

The federal judge who presided over the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has rejected a request by the former first couple for a new trial. 

Judge James Spencer also denied their request to throw out their guilty verdicts—with the exception of one conviction against Maureen. 

Spencer disagreed with defense arguments that the McDonnells should be acquitted because prosecutors failed to prove that the couple exercised any official governmental power in exchange for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

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Campus Rape Allegations
7:34 am
Tue December 2, 2014

UVA President Promises Changes

The president of the University of Virginia canceled a speech to the National Press Club in favor of speaking to students Monday.  She pledged a series of changes to combat sexual assault on campus – among them, forcing fraternities to operate under new rules and pressing police to arrest sellers of date rape drugs. 

  

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Under Attack Electronically
12:58 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Boosting Cyber-Security in Virginia

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When Americans think of terrorism, they often envision 9-11-style attacks or some other extreme act of violence. But the nation’s enemies don't just hail from a specific part of the world, and Americans are under attack every day—not by air, land, or sea, but electronically through data breaches and hacking.

That's why the commonwealth’s Cyber Security Commission is focusing on discovering vulnerabilities and strengthening the state's databases.

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Sexual Assault Policy Changes
7:35 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Major Changes on the Way for the University of Virginia

Credit Hawes Spencer

The University of Virginia’s governing board is weighing several possible changes in policy following charges the school permits a culture of rape to survive on campus. 

Student protestors chanted outside an emergency meeting of the board of visitors - prompted by last week's report in Rolling Stone magazine of a fraternity house rape and allegations of a culture that tolerates binge drinking and sexual assault.

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