Law & Crime

Surveying Voters
2:21 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

The Marijuana Debate

A recent Gallup poll shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.  Colorado and Washington  have done so, and Californians are expected to vote on the question this year.  So might the Commonwealth follow their lead? 

Virginia was once a major producer of tobacco, but today less than five percent of the world’s crop is grown in the U.S.   The state’s climate is favorable for growing marijuana, there’s plenty of water, and many rural areas might welcome an economic boost, but the political climate is something else.

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Training Prosecutors, Providing Shelters
4:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

One goal of outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is ensuring that there are advocates for domestic violence and human trafficking victims after he leaves office.  

One of Cuccinelli’s final acts as A-G is allocating millions of dollars for human trafficking victims.
Cuccinelli says while Virginia has made progress in finding, arresting, and increasing penalties for human traffickers, one of the system’s biggest holes is providing the victims with a sanctuary—a place to get back on their feet.

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Suicide Still a Crime in VA
3:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawmaker Fights Unnecessary Stigma

There’s no law on the books, but under Virginia’s common law, suicide is considered a crime.  In the current legislative session, one delegate thinks it’s time for the Commonwealth to change that. 

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Alexis Murphy Investigation
4:45 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Randy Allen Taylor Charged with Death of Nelson County Teen

In Nelson County Circuit Court, Randy Allen Taylor has been indicted on new charges related to the August disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

Taylor appeared in court after a special grand jury indicted him on charges of 1st degree murder, murder during commission of an abduction, and abduction with intent to defile.

Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin, standing with Murphy's family at a news conference, wouldn't talk about any new evidence in the case.

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Law & Crime
7:36 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Positive News on the Crime Front

New numbers from the U.S. Justice Department may come as a surprise to those who think prisons are the best response to crime.  Inmate populations are down, and so are criminal convictions.

About 2.3 million Americans are in state and federal prisons or jails, but the numbers have been dropping, and an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts clearly shows the trend in Virginia and neighboring Maryland.

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