Law and Crime

Albemarle County prosecutors say they won’t seek the death penalty against Jesse Matthew, who has now been indicted for the 2009 kidnapping and murder of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington after a Metallica concert in Charlottesville.  He’s already facing a murder charge in connection with the death of 18-year-old UVA student Hannah Graham, and if convicted in that case, he could be executed.  Harrington’s parents, who were active in the search for their daughter’s killer, were in court today as the charges were read. 

Associated Press

Some Virginia localities already use police body cameras at their own discretion. But as more consider utilizing the tool, the state's Secure Commonwealth Panel is drafting recommendations to establish specific guidelines. However, the state ACLU has a little bit of a problem with how they're going about it.

Have you ever questioned what qualifies a person to be selected as a judge who’s responsible for many life-altering decisions? 

Ever wondered how detailed and transparent the vetting process is—and whether the jurist is invested in the overall well-being of the community which he or she serves? 

A new proposal by a gubernatorial commission would guide how state lawmakers go about making their selections, while getting input from their local communities.

The general manager of Roanoke-based WDBJ Television says the ex-employee who killed two of his former colleagues yesterday hadn't had any confrontations with station staff members when he saw them around town in the two and a-half years since he'd been fired.

Vester Flanagan shot and killed two members of the WDBJ news crew, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, during a live broadcast Wednesday at Smith Mountain Lake.  A woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, is recovering from surgery after being shot in the back. 

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 When a tragedy like yesterday’s shootings takes place, some people feel the need to look away.

But one person who has been there says you should do just the opposite… and that American society must look even more deeply at this phenomenon, if it is to have any hope of preventing these tragedies.