Law & Crime

Law & Crime
8:16 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Online Impersonation May Soon Be Considered a Crime


State lawmakers on the Virginia Crime Commission are working to hammer out provisions to criminalize the act of impersonating another individual on-line. They’re trying to get ahead of the new versions of fraud that are emerging in the digital age … which can harm reputations or cause financial damage. The panel found that it’s not as easy to penalize such acts as it might first appear.  

Delegate Todd Gilbert first raised the issue after a local teacher had a problem.

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Interview with a Defense Attorney
4:24 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Charges Against Jesse Matthew: The Strongest Case Goes First

Charlottesville Attorney Dave Heilberg
Credit Hawes Spencer

With charges starting to pile up against the man blamed for one woman's rape and another's disappearance, who decides where to prosecute first?

Charged in Charlottesville with the abduction of Hannah Graham, forensically linked to the Albemarle County death of Morgan Harrington, Jesse Matthew has now been indicted for three felonies in Fairfax. What happens when different prosecutors want the same man?

"They usually cooperate to decide who goes first,” says veteran Charlottesville defense attorney David Heilberg.

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2005 Rape Case
3:57 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Jesse Matthew Indicted in Fairfax

Jesse L. Matthew, Jr.

The man charged with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being indicted on charges of rape, abduction and attempted capital murder in Fairfax. 

The new charges against Jesse Matthew stem from a 2005 rape where a 26 year old woman was attacked walking home from the grocery store.

Fairfax County's Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh says he won't go into details concerning evidence.

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Tip to Searchers
3:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Landscaper Troubled By Vultures Atop Empty House

Bobby Pugh
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

The man who called in a tip that may have led to the discovery of a human remains behind an empty house in southern Albemarle says that it was the sheer number of vultures that caught his eye.

Longtime resident Bobby Pugh says he had passed by the house many times before. But recently, on his way to a landscaping job, he spotted as many as 30 buzzards.

 "And happened to look over and notice the buzzards on the roof and in the trees. It was too many for a normal reason. I didn't think it was a skunk carcass or something-- it was a lot, and it caught my eye."

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Walnut Creek Area
12:58 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Albemarle County Neighbors React to Death Investigation

Credit Hawes Spencer

Police in Albemarle County are waiting for results from the state’s crime lab – hoping to learn whether remains found over the weekend are those of missing UVA student Hannah Graham. 

Search teams were working in an area near Walnut Creek – less than ten miles from where the remains of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was found, when they made a grim discovery Saturday.   Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told reporters:

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