Law & Crime

Law & Crime
5:11 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

'Tie One on for Safety' Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty

By law, a motorist who is believed to be driving under the influence will be arrested. But today, State Police joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other organizations to appeal to drivers as parents, siblings, significant others, and humans to save lives by simply handing over the keys and finding a designated driver if they’ve been drinking. 

Flanked by safety advocates and law enforcement officials, State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty discussed the already alarming statistics.

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A Nationwide Problem
8:04 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rolling Stone Article Paints Ugly Picture of UVA Campus Rape Issue

The University of Virginia is again under a dark cloud – singled out by Rolling Stone Magazine for dismissing or downgrading reports of rape on campus.  

The Rolling Stone report begins with the story of a young woman it calls Jackie – now a junior at UVA. 

She says she was raped by seven young men at a fraternity party during her freshman year, but friends urged her not to report the attack because it might damage the school’s reputation and her own social standing.

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Law & Crime
7:28 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Search Resumes for Samantha Clarke and Alexis Murphy

Alexis Murphy, Randy Taylor

The search for two girls who vanished as teenagers in recent years resumed yesterday morning – and Randy Taylor, who is now serving two life sentences for murder and abduction, is associated with both cases. 

Federal, state and local law enforcement this weekend resumed the search for two teenagers-- Samantha Clarke of  Orange County, who has been missing since 2010…. and Alexis Murphy of Nelson County, who vanished in 2013. Town of Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick says Randy Taylor is linked to both cases:

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Child Pornography in the Digital Age
4:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lawmakers Weigh Pentalties for Underage Sexting

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The State Crime Commission is wrestling with how to craft balanced legislation that addresses the growing problem of underage teens who take sexually explicit images of themselves and send them to others.

The members’ concern is heightened by some widely published cases—including a Louisa County “sexting” ring involving 100 teens and 1,000 images of minors posted on Instagram. 

But they’re also concerned that the penalties in existing laws designed for adult child predators may be too steep for teens.

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

Crime Is Down, Fear Is Up

Credit http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/2012/12/fear/

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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