Law & Crime

Law & Crime
5:17 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Former Gov. McDonnell & Wife Indicted on Federal Charges

Just weeks after leaving the Governor’s mansion, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted for illegally accepting gifts and loans during his tenure.

The 14-count, 43-page  federal indictment details how the couple accepted more than $135,000  in gifts, loans and trips from the former CEO of Star Scientific, Jonnie Williams, also a political donor.

In exchange, the indictment claims the Governor and his office were helping promote the company’s struggling dietary supplement business and attempted to conceal the scheme.

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New Inspector General Report
3:10 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Mental Health Care in Virginia's Jails

More than 6,000 people in Virginia’s local and regional jails are mentally ill according to a new report from Virginia’s Inspector General, but they’re not getting adequate care. 

Sheriffs, who oversee those jails, are begging the legislature for help.
 

There are about 70 jails in Virginia housing 6,346 people with mental illness, and John Jones, director of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, says that can lead to dangerous situations.

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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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