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The GOP Case against Restoring Felon Rights

May 6, 2016
Mallory Noe-Payne

Does Governor Terry McAuliffe have the power to automatically restore voting rights to former felons who have served their time? The governor and his lawyers say they do. But Republicans may be on the verge of launching a lawsuit challenging that.

Life Without Parole: A Five Part Series

May 2, 2016
Flicker

It’s been more than 20 years since Virginia abolished parole, and over that time the prison population has grown to more than 30,000 people.  

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Although the line of questioning by jurists in any appeals case does not necessarily indicate how they're leaning, in the appeal of former Governor McDonnell’s corruption convictions, the U.S. Supreme Court justices did not seem comfortable with the broad interpretation of the federal law used to convict him. 

Mallory Noe-Payne

Virginia’s Governor made national headlines last week for restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons in the state. Critics say McAuliffe is misusing his powers as governor, to get close friend Hillary Clinton more votes in Virginia this November.

But how was McAuliffe’s announcement received among those it affects?

File Photo: Anne Marie Morgan

Lawyers involved in the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell have been busy with a flurry of legal briefs back and forth as the date for oral arguments approaches at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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