Law and Crime

Greene Primary School
4:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Child Handcuffed and School Policies Questioned

Greene County is buzzing this week over a surprising confrontation at one of its schools.  A four-year-old kid with attention deficit disorder caused a ruckus in the pre-K classroom, and when the principal could not restore calm, the local sheriff handcuffed the child and took him away in a squad car.

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"They Blamed the Victim"
3:17 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

UVA Students Continue Dialogue on Sexual Assault, PTSD, and Irresponsible Journalism

Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

In the wake of Rolling Stone renouncing its own story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, some students say that Jackie, the undergraduate at the center of the storm, has been abused-- this time by the magazine.

"We are trying to stop a culture of blaming the victim, but that's exactly what they did: they blamed the victim."

That's Jacob Irby, as he meets up with members of a student singing group along Rugby Road. Another, Frank Song, says the article carved a path of destruction by portraying administrators and students as indifferent to rape.

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Publication Backs Off Story
3:46 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Rolling Stone Says Trust In Source Was "Misplaced"

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The editor of Rolling Stone is casting doubt on a University of Virginia student’s account of being gang-raped at a fraternity party.

The account was published in a lengthy article in Rolling Stone last month and has put a spotlight on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S.

Here’s the statement by Rolling Stone, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the account given by the woman identified only as “Jackie.”
 

Rolling Stone | December 5, 2014

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Felony Threshold May Be Lowered
4:52 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Crime Commission Adopts New Tactic on Cigarette Smuggling

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In spite of recent stronger penalties, traffickers are still smuggling Virginia’s low-tax cigarettes to other states—especially to New York City, where demand for the Commonwealth’s cigarettes is soaring due to the city’s high excise taxes. 

Some estimates suggest that 21 percent of Virginia cigarettes end up in other states, where profits are so high that many criminals would rather sell tobacco than heroin. But the State Crime Commission is recommending a different tactic to deter the traffickers.

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Law & Crime
1:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

McDonnell Case: Request for New Trial Denied

August, 2014

The federal judge who presided over the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has rejected a request by the former first couple for a new trial. 

Judge James Spencer also denied their request to throw out their guilty verdicts—with the exception of one conviction against Maureen. 

Spencer disagreed with defense arguments that the McDonnells should be acquitted because prosecutors failed to prove that the couple exercised any official governmental power in exchange for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

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