Prosecutors and Public Defenders en Cuccinelli vs. Southwest VA Landowners? <p>There’s a new controversy brewing - one that could mean trouble for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.&nbsp; It involves a lawsuit on behalf of landowners in Southwestern Virginia.</p><p>They claim two energy companies failed to pay them royalties on methane gas wells.&nbsp; One of those firms has given $100,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign - and now a judge in the case says she’s shocked by e-mails from the attorney general’s office to those energy companies.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sandy Hausman reports on the history of the case.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:11:08 +0000 Sandy Hausman 5795 at Cuccinelli vs. Southwest VA Landowners? Tax Suit Raises Conflict of Interest Questions <p>The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating a Richmond area company that makes face cream and nutritional supplements.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s called Star Scientific, and a complaint was filed in federal district court alleging the firm made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose potentially illegal transactions.&nbsp;</p><p>The company says it has done nothing wrong.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, reporters are finding links between Star Scientific and two of Virginia’s top political leaders – Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:38:10 +0000 Sandy Hausman 2184 at Tax Suit Raises Conflict of Interest Questions Writ of Actual Innocence...Explained. <p>One of the bills that Governor McDonnell has signed into law revises the rules that allow an offender who was wrongly convicted to prove that he’s innocent of the crime.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:44:01 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 1535 at Writ of Actual Innocence...Explained. Prosecutors & Public Defenders <p>Prosecutors and public defenders in Virginia are paid by the state, but on average, lawyers who work for the Commonwealth’s Attorney make 25% more than lawyers who defend the poor.&nbsp; Now that&nbsp; one public defender is asking for a raise, and others may follow suit.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:28:01 +0000 Sandy Hausman 944 at Prosecutors & Public Defenders