Law & Crime

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4:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Marijuana Reforms in Virginia: High Times or Up in Smoke?

Legal Marijuana in Colorado
Credit Photo by Brett Levin, Creative Commons

Marijuana is now legal in four states, the District of Colombia and South Portland, Maine.  It’s been decriminalized in 17 states – among them our neighbors, North Carolina and Maryland. 

So where does that leave Virginia?  Is anyone calling for legal reforms here? 

Jordan McNeish was a bright kid who finished high school early and began taking courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College.  He’d been arrested once for possession of marijuana, paid a fine but spent no time in jail.  Then, in 2009, he was charged with a second offense.

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Article Aftermath
1:43 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Rolling Stone's Interview with UVA President Teresa Sullivan Released

Credit University of Virginia

Charlottesville’s newspaper, The Daily Progress, has released a recording of Rolling Stone’s interview with UVA President Teresa Sullivan, in which she concedes the university has a problem with sexual assault, that one fraternity is under investigation and that two or three frats have been suspended every year since she took the job. 

The telephone interview begins on a cagey note as reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdeley greets Teresa Sullivan, the school’s vice president for communications and the associate V.P. of student affairs, Susan Davis.

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Greene Primary School
7:52 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Civil Rights Group Intervenes For Handcuffed 4-Year-Old

John Whitehead says he's never heard of handcuffing a child so young.
Credit The Rutherford Institute

Some parents expressed outrage when they heard that a child at their local elementary school had been handcuffed and hauled off to the sheriff’s office after kicking and hitting the principal.  Now, a national civil liberties group is getting involved on behalf of the boy, who’s been diagnosed with ADHD. 


Officials in Greene County don't deny that a sheriff's deputy, serving as a resource officer to Nathanael Greene Primary School, handcuffed an unruly 4-year-old, placed him in a cruiser, and later put the pre-kindergarten kid in leg irons.



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Regret v. Rape
4:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

W&L Student Claims He Was Expelled After Consensual Relationship

Credit www.wikipedia.org

A day after Rolling Stone published an article describing a brutal rape at the University of Virginia , a former Washington and Lee student says he was expelled for having consensual sex with another student who some months later regretted the encounter and claimed she was sexually assaulted.

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Rolling Stone Article Responses
6:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Rolling Stone Article: Jackie's Friends Refute Story Details

Credit Rolling Stone Graphic

Two people who appear under pseudonyms in Rolling Stone’s article chronicling an alleged gang rape that happened at a University of Virginia fraternity party have spoken to the Associated Press. They’re the ones who supposedly discouraged Jackie from seeking help after the incident – but they’ve set the record straight.

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