Criminal Legislation http://wvtf.org en Confession Tactics For Juveniles Should Be Examined http://wvtf.org/post/confession-tactics-juveniles-should-be-examined <p>Police routinely use certain techniques to get confessions from suspects, but a new study from the University of Virginia suggests those tactics should not be used with juveniles.&nbsp; Because their brains are not fully developed, social scientists say they will respond differently than adults and&nbsp;confess to crimes they didn’t commit.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:10:29 +0000 Sandy Hausman 22920 at http://wvtf.org Confession Tactics For Juveniles Should Be Examined Former Gov. McDonnell & Wife Indicted on Federal Charges http://wvtf.org/post/former-gov-mcdonnell-wife-indicted-federal-charges <p>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.</p><p>The 14-count, 43-page&nbsp; federal indictment details how the couple accepted more than $135,000&nbsp; in gifts, loans and trips from the former CEO of Star Scientific, Jonnie Williams, also a political donor.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:17:39 +0000 Connie Stevens 16194 at http://wvtf.org Former Gov. McDonnell & Wife Indicted on Federal Charges Progress Made in Fighting Human Trafficking http://wvtf.org/post/progress-made-fighting-human-trafficking <p>The Polaris Project is an organization active in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and globally.</p><p>Pushing for stronger state laws, they rank states on their efforts fight trafficking. Virginia once had a poor score but that has changed.</p><p>Three years ago, Polaris Project ranked Virginia at "tier 4"—its lowest ranking—for efforts to fight human trafficking.</p><p>Since then, lawmakers have increased penalties, provided more tools to help law enforcement identify and track such cases, and backed awareness campaigns.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:03:04 +0000 Tommie McNeil 10217 at http://wvtf.org Progress Made in Fighting Human Trafficking Crime Commission Considers Child Abuse Laws http://wvtf.org/post/crime-commission-considers-child-abuse-laws <p>Before the Virginia General Assembly adjourned this year, it took up the issue of child sexual abuse and whether Virginia laws effectively deter the crime or prosecute the offender.</p><p>Months later, members of the State Crime Commission are faced with the daunting task of reviewing the laws, and making recommendations, without weakening current law.<br>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:35:54 +0000 Tommie McNeil 8088 at http://wvtf.org Crime Commission Considers Child Abuse Laws Judge to Rule on Charges Against Former Chef http://wvtf.org/post/judge-rule-charges-against-former-chef <p>The judge presiding over the case of a former Executive Mansion chef accused of embezzlement says that she will make a decision by the end of the week on whether to dismiss the charges.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:42:59 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 7260 at http://wvtf.org Judge to Rule on Charges Against Former Chef