Justice System

Surveying Voters
2:21 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

The Marijuana Debate

A recent Gallup poll shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.  Colorado and Washington  have done so, and Californians are expected to vote on the question this year.  So might the Commonwealth follow their lead? 

Virginia was once a major producer of tobacco, but today less than five percent of the world’s crop is grown in the U.S.   The state’s climate is favorable for growing marijuana, there’s plenty of water, and many rural areas might welcome an economic boost, but the political climate is something else.

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Training Prosecutors, Providing Shelters
4:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

One goal of outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is ensuring that there are advocates for domestic violence and human trafficking victims after he leaves office.  

One of Cuccinelli’s final acts as A-G is allocating millions of dollars for human trafficking victims.
Cuccinelli says while Virginia has made progress in finding, arresting, and increasing penalties for human traffickers, one of the system’s biggest holes is providing the victims with a sanctuary—a place to get back on their feet.

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Law & Crime
4:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Huguely Attorneys Say Right to Counsel Violated

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Attorneys for former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely argued for a new trial before the Virginia Court of Appeals.

They are not discussing plans to possibly take his case to a higher court if a three-judge panel in Richmond fails to grant their client's request … following his conviction for the murder of former girlfriend Yeardley Love. 

Huguely attorney Paul Clement says his team is not overly confident, but the fact that the judges were asking probing questions is promising.

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New Laws to Fight Sex Crimes
4:20 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

State Crime Commission Offers Legislative Bundle

The Virginia State Crime Commission is recommending a package of legislation that would provide authorities with additional tools to investigate and prosecute child sexual abuse. 

The proposals followed a lengthy study that revealed the difficulties that law enforcement and Child Protective Services encounter as they try to unearth the facts about allegations.

Although the Crime Commission has recommended the legislative package, it still must pass the General Assembly before it could take effect.

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Part 2 in a Series
2:47 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jens Soering: Doubts, Politics & Possible Parole

Four years ago, then Governor Tim Kaine was talking with the Justice Department about transferring Jens Soering back to his homeland, Germany. 

A jury had found the former UVA honors student guilty of killing his girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County. 

Jens at first confessed to the crime, then said he did so only to protect the actual killer -- the woman he loved. 

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