Law & Crime

VA Atty Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court
3:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Beards Behind Bars

Gregory Holt

A Virginia lawyer is on his way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right of a man to grow a beard.  Seven states will be watching that case closely.  

Gregory Holt is serving a life sentence  for burglary and domestic battery in Arkansas – one of seven states that bar prisoners from growing a beard.  His lawyer says that’s a problem, because Holt is a Muslim.

Douglas Laycock, a professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Virginia.  He says Holt got all the way to the Supreme Court without the help of a lawyer:

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:33 am
Mon March 3, 2014

VaNews for 03.03.14

Police officers in Chesterfield County have received some personal insights on interacting with mentally ill individuals...and a Hampton Roads woman found out it's not always easy to take a child out of martial arts training.

Those stories have been among the most frequently viewed over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

 

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Lobbying Rules
11:30 am
Wed February 26, 2014

McAuliffe Appointee Target of Investigation

Maurice Jones
Credit File Image

Virginia's House of Delegates has postponed a vote to confirm one of Governor McAuliffe's cabinet nominees … following published reports that he may have broken the law.  

Federal investigators are now looking into allegations that Commerce and Trade Secretary-designee Maurice Jones lobbied Congress while he was Deputy Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development. 

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Investigation Continues
1:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Three Charged in Death of VT Student

Jessica Ewing & Keifer Brown
Credit Blacksburg Police Department

Jessica Ewing, a student at Virginia Tech, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Samanata Shrestha, of Vienna, VA. 

Ewing is now at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Recent Tech graduate Keifer Kyle Brown is facing charges that he was an accessory after the fact. He's being held at the Montgomery County Jail.

Police have also charged 23-year-old Michael Christian Heller, a Blacksburg resident, with being an accessory after the fact.  He's been released on bond.

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Law & Crime
8:29 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Education Leaders Discuss Sexual Misconduct Issues

Credit www.foxbusiness.com

It’s been nearly three years since the federal government issued legal guidelines for universities facing an epidemic of sexual misconduct on campus.  This week, the of Virginia hosts the first conference of its kind – a two-day program for college presidents and other administrators struggling to understand and manage students in the age of hooking up. 

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