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4:38 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Fake ID Ring Busted in Charlottesville

Federal investigators have closed the book on what could be the nation’s largest maker of fake identification – a Virginia company that made millions without advertising or even creating a website.  

Three people plead guilty to supplying up to 25,000 high-quality drivers’ licenses to customers around the world who learned about their services by word of mouth.

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Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong
6:52 am
Wed September 4, 2013

UVA Law Professor on Convicting the Innocent

When DNA evidence began springing people from prison, prosecutors discovered just how unreliable eyewitnesses can be.  

Here in Virginia, 13 out of 16 cases of wrongful convictions involved inaccurate identifications.  That led the state to issue model procedures for dealing with witnesses, but after nearly two years, very few have put those recommendations into practice.

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Virginia State Crime Commisson
4:39 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Sex Offense Cases & Prior Convictions

A defendant who’s charged with committing a sex offense against a child may have his previous convictions used against him in court under legislation that’s being considered by the Virginia State Crime Commission. 

The bill’s opponents say that acknowledging prior convictions or negative character traits during a trial has the potential to prejudice a jury against a defendant.  Some lawmakers believe current state law does not strike the right balance to secure justice for victimized children.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:51 am
Tue September 3, 2013

VaNews for 09.03.13

It turned out the bulls weren’t the most dangerous things at Virginia’s first Great Bull Run....and the state is issuing specialty license plates that show support for Governor McDonnell, but they’re not easy to get.

Those stories were among the most frequently clicked this past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at  vpap.org.

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Emerging Industry
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Modeling & Simulation

Many pilots learned how to fly and surgeons how to make incisions by engaging in some type of “modeling and simulation” program developed by a group of engineers.

But while “modeling and simulation” is now becoming its own profession, in Virginia few schools provide a course of study needed to train and retain these specialized engineers.
 

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