Law and Crime

Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong
6:52 am
Wed September 4, 2013

UVA Law Professor on Convicting the Innocent

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.

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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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Law & Crime
4:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Craig's List Crime

Using Craig’s List to cause trouble could land you in prison.

A Central Virginia man who used to work for the Library of Congress pled guilty this week to stalking and identification fraud – charges that could mean up to 15 years behind bars. 

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Suspect Charged with Abduction
2:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Arrest Made in Missing Teen Case

Suspect: Randy Allen Taylor

Authorities have now identified the suspect in connection with the disappearance of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy.

48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor was taken into custody yesterday afternoon without incident. He’s been charged with abduction by intimidation or force.

Alexis Murphy was last seen August 3. Nelson County Commonwealth’s attorney Anthony Martin says the arrest is a significant step toward finding the young woman. 

The FBI says it is investigating whether this case is connected to other missing-persons cases.

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