Law and Crime

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
4:35 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Crime Commission Considers Child Abuse Laws

Before the Virginia General Assembly adjourned this year, it took up the issue of child sexual abuse and whether Virginia laws effectively deter the crime or prosecute the offender.

Months later, members of the State Crime Commission are faced with the daunting task of reviewing the laws, and making recommendations, without weakening current law.
 

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Law & Crime
11:13 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Chef's Trial Set for October

Chef Todd Schneider/FILE

The criminal trial of a former Executive Mansion chef accused of embezzlement will proceed as planned.  

Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret Spencer had considered a motion by the defense to dismiss the case against Todd Schneider.  But she's ruled  that there is no reason to do so.

The four-day trial is scheduled to run from October 15th through the 18th—just weeks before statewide elections.

Political analysts have speculated that the case could spill over into Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for Governor. 

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Law & Crime
4:01 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

State Police Review ABC Arrest

Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control director says he’s asked state police to review an incident last spring that landed a UVA sorority girl in jail and created a public firestorm.  

A Virginia civil liberties group says the legislature should also be involved. 

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Law & Crime
12:42 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Judge to Rule on Charges Against Former Chef

Chef Todd Scheider/File

The judge presiding over the case of a former Executive Mansion chef accused of embezzlement says that she will make a decision by the end of the week on whether to dismiss the charges. 

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