Law & Crime

Role of the Media
5:04 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Crime Is Down, Fear Is Up


Violent crime has been dropping for decades, but you wouldn’t know it to judge from what some call ‘the culture of fear’ that surrounds us.  Virginia's crime rate has shown the same decline and remains lower than the national average.  So why is fear on the rise? 

Even though statistics show you’re far more likely to be the victim of an accident than a crime, especially a violent crime, perception of the pervasiveness of crime is on the rise.

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Video Arraignment Friday
2:47 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Insanity Bid? Experts See Bleak Options for Matthew

Jesse Matthew, Jr
Credit Booking Photo

Experts suggest that Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the man authorities link to the Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington cases, stands no chance of bail and little chance of a life outside prison-- even if he attempts an insanity defense.

The video arraignment in Fairfax will likely involve advising the 32-year-old Charlottesville man of his right to counsel and outlining his recent indictment for a 2005 rape, abduction, and attempted murder. What Jesse Matthew probably won't get is a bail hearing.

"This defendant's chance of getting a bail anywhere is nothing, it's zero."

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Affirmative Anecdotes
5:32 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Positive PR from the Richmond PD

Dionne Waugh

When it comes to public relations, many police departments stick to press releases and news conferences where they might show off drugs they’ve confiscated or ask the public’s help in tracking down a suspect.  In Richmond, that’s only the beginning.  Their top PR person has attracted the attention of people worldwide - using social media to spread the good news about cops. 

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Attorney Jim Camblos
4:25 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Is Matthew's Defender Ready For His Closeup?

Attorney Jim Camblos
Credit Neal Augenstein, WTOP

The lawyer representing Virginia's most embattled criminal suspect has a long track record, primarily on the prosecution side of the courtroom.

Is Jim Camblos the right lawyer for the man charged in the case of Hannah Graham, the 18-year-old University of Virginia student whose remains were publicly identified Friday afternoon?

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Reporters May Be Targets
2:34 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

FBI Warns Media About ISIS Threats

There have been rumors, grumblings, and conspiracy theories about planned attacks by ISIS or ISIL militants on American soil—but nothing credible.

A recent FBI bulletin sent to media outlets warns that the terror organization is trying to persuade noncombatant sympathizers to execute or kidnap specific groups of American citizens.

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