Justice System

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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UVA School of Nursing Research for Rape Cases
4:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Forensic Dye Research

Forensic Dye
Credit University of Virginia School of Nursing

When a woman reports a rape, she is given a forensic evidence exam--known informally, as a rape kit. 

But the rape kits used by hospitals all over the country are using a technique that puts women with dark skin at a disadvantage.  


 

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Health & Medicine
4:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Virginia Nursing Home Faces Possible Medicare Termination

Recently a jury in Spotsylvania County awarded a family more than $1.4 million dollars in a negligence suit against a local nursing home. The facility has a history of safety violations.

Joseph Roberts Junior, a 47-year-old veteran, arrived at the Carriage Hill Nursing and Rehab Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia in May 2011. He had broken his hip and had a host of other medical conditions -- including numbness and paralysis on one side. He was taking pain killers for severe back trouble and was being treated for depression.

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Department of Corrections Policy
4:32 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Anti-Shackling Regulations

The American Civil Liberties Union and a church-based group called the Family Foundation don’t agree about many things, but they’ve found common ground on a surprising issue involving prison inmates.

State prisons routinely handcuff inmates when they’re taken outside prison walls, and jails may use shackles to prevent escape, but there’s a growing chorus of protest over such treatment for pregnant women.  Some have been forced to deliver babies with their ankles in chains, but Abigail Turner – a lawyer for the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville says that may soon change.

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Law & Crime
9:19 am
Mon March 25, 2013

VaNews for 03.25.13

Mysterious fires in eastern Virginia and police cameras that read license plates by the thousands have been in the news lately.

Newspaper stories about both were among the past week’s most clicked on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.

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

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