Law & Crime

Next Step In Corruption Conviction
4:48 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Former VA Governor Awaits Sentencing

September 2014, Richmond, VA

When he's sentenced tomorrow will a former Virginia Governor get a slap on the wrist with community service or a short time in prison for 11 corruption convictions—or will U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentence him to a lengthy stint behind bars?  

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Part 2 of 5
1:11 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Marijuana Reform: Prospects for Legalizing Pot in Virginia

Credit Creative Commons,

While four states have legalized marijuana and 17 have eliminated criminal penalties for possession of small amounts, arrests in Virginia are rising.

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Part 1 of 5
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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