Police are waiting for results of an autopsy before closing the case of a 19-year-old University of Virginia student who died over the Labor Day weekend after taking a dose of the street drug known as Molly. Police are warning the public against it.
Shelley Goldsmith was an honor student at UVA, and her father says she wasn’t one to use drugs, but shortly after midnight, at a rave in Washington, D.C., she may have ingested a powder known as Molly.
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.
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.