When DNA evidence began springing people from prison, prosecutors discovered just how unreliable eyewitnesses can be.
Here in Virginia, 13 out of 16 cases of wrongful convictions involved inaccurate identifications. That led the state to issue model procedures for dealing with witnesses, but after nearly two years, very few have put those recommendations into practice.
A defendant who’s charged with committing a sex offense against a child may have his previous convictions used against him in court under legislation that’s being considered by the Virginia State Crime Commission.
The bill’s opponents say that acknowledging prior convictions or negative character traits during a trial has the potential to prejudice a jury against a defendant. Some lawmakers believe current state law does not strike the right balance to secure justice for victimized children.
A lawyer claims that there's "no story here," but Henrico County Police are digging deeper into allegations that a high-profile member of the House of Delegates had inappropriate ties to a 17-year-old girl.
While the attorney for the girl's mother says news reports are terribly misleading, the girl's father felt there was reason to call the police when she went to Delegate Joe Morrissey’s home.