Law and Crime http://wvtf.org en Jury Selection Begins in McDonnell Corruption Trial http://wvtf.org/post/jury-selection-begins-mcdonnell-corruption-trial <p></p><p>Jury selection began today in the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.</p><p>Prosecutors allege that the former first couple promoted Star Scientific’s products in exchange for gifts and mortgage loans from the company’s former CEO, Jonnie Williams.&nbsp; But the first step on Monday was to try and choose a fair and impartial jury.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:53:51 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24971 at http://wvtf.org Jury Selection Begins in McDonnell Corruption Trial Court Strikes Down VA's Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://wvtf.org/post/court-strikes-down-vas-same-sex-marriage-ban <p>Virginia and three other states may soon be allowing gay marriage after a federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, but supporters of a ban are expected to ask for a Supreme Court hearing.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage denies gay couples equal protection under the law.&nbsp; The decision also makes similar prohibitions in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia unconstitutional, but at Equality Virginia, director James Parrish says those states probably won’t be issuing marriage licenses yet.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:34:19 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24972 at http://wvtf.org Court Strikes Down VA's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Corruption Trial Begins Monday http://wvtf.org/post/corruption-trial-begins-monday <p>The federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, begins on Monday.&nbsp; Federal prosecutors allege the former first couple performed official acts to promote Star Scientific’s products in exchange for roughly $165,000 in gifts and loans from its ex-CEO, Jonnie Williams—then failed to disclose most of those gifts.</p><p>McDonnell says he never made such an agreement--and the company received NO quid pro quo.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:31:36 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24809 at http://wvtf.org Corruption Trial Begins Monday VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation http://wvtf.org/post/va-lawmakers-debate-border-crisis-situation <p>Lawmakers in the region are divided over how to deal with the president's request for emergency money to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The new Republican proposal calls for deploying the National Guard to the border, while also funding more immigration judges to quickly process the unaccompanied children.&nbsp;The proposal still faces an uphill battle - even in the GOP. Here’s Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes who has been calling for more border security.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:22:43 +0000 Matt Laslo 24789 at http://wvtf.org VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation IRS Phone Scam Spreading Across the State http://wvtf.org/post/irs-phone-scam-spreading-across-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A nationwide scam has made its way to Virginia and state officials are sending out a warning.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest phone scam to hit the state involves fake IRS agents asking for money, and threatening arrests if you “don’t pay up”. The criminals will claim that you have an outstanding IRS debt and will strongly request that you “settle up” using a credit card.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:36:09 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 24443 at http://wvtf.org IRS Phone Scam Spreading Across the State