Law & Crime

50 Years Later
4:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

JFK Assassination: Radford University Examines the Evidence

Credit Photo by Victor Hugo King http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_F._Kennedy_motorcade,_Dallas

A moment seared in the memories of people of a certain age is; where they were when they first heard that John F. Kennedy, the president of the United States, had been assassinated.

The shots fired at the president’s motorcade 50 years ago this week  still resonate in the public mind. And so does the belief that the murder was an act of conspiracy.  

A special seminar in Radford University’s Criminal Justice Department has students  examining original evidence from that day with the ‘20-20 hindsight’ of modern forensic techniques.

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Law & Crime
10:17 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Captain Phillips Movie Hits Close to Home

John Flood, assistant director of the University of Virginia’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
Credit Dan Addison

The  latest Tom Hanks film, Captain Phillips, opened last month – taking in $26 million in its first weekend at the box office.  Here in Virginia, some people take a special interest in the tale of a U.S. cargo ship from Norfolk captured by pirates off the Somali Coast in 2009 – its captain held hostage. 

Captain Phillips is an action-adventure film, showing how four heavily armed Somali Pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama.  Most of the crew was locked in a safe room, but the captain was taken hostage – removed from the ship and placed on board a lifeboat”

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Part 5 in a Series
1:41 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Why a Convicted Killer Could Be Paroled

Soering Supporters Protest in Berlin

When former Governor Tim Kaine approved the transfer of a German national from the Buckingham Correctional Center to his homeland four years ago, his political opponents were furious, and as soon as he took office, Governor Bob McDonnell blocked the deal. 

The prisoner was Jens Soering, a University of Virginia honors student, convicted in the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18.  During the current campaign for governor neither candidate has mentioned Soering, the prisoner’s future could depend on who is elected.

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Part 4 in a Series
12:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jens Soering: Politics & Diplomacy Could Set Him Free

The Virginia Parole Board has, again, refused to release Jens Soering, a former honors student from the University of Virginia, convicted of killing his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents with a knife. 

She is also behind bars as an accomplice to the gruesome crime.  Both have been model prisoners, and both are eligible for parole or a pardon from the governor. 

Pressure from Soering’s homeland, Germany, is building, and some prominent people here in Virginia question his guilt.

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Law & Crime
5:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Justices Reverse VT Wrongful Death Verdict Against State

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a wrongful death verdict stemming from the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, which killed 32 people.

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