Law and Crime

Law & Crime
5:44 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VA Attorney General Appeals to Defend Anti-Sodomy Law

Virginia’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let the Commonwealth keep its law against sodomy on the books, because he claims it protects children from predators, but critics say we have other laws to do that, and Cuccinelli is simply playing politics.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-sodomy law in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, saying it violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy.

“The government can’t tell two consenting adults what they can do in private.”

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Government & Politics
5:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

DOMA Reaction

There’s mixed reaction in Virginia regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of federal recognition of all legal marriages. In a statement, the Attorney General's office says it will defend the Virginia Constitution, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman.  But, that position is pitted against another legal juggernaut, the ACLU, which is applauding the decision and says it will fight to pave the way for same-sex marriages within the state.

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Affirmative Action Case
2:56 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Washington & Lee Law Professor Weighs in on Supreme Court Decision

Ann MacLean Massie, Washington & Lee University Law Professor
Credit W&L

Ann Massie, professor of law at Washington and Lee University, explains the Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

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Conforming Laws
2:37 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Human Trafficking

A panel of experts whose responsibility is preparing Virginia for more uniform laws throughout the 50 states is not ready to sign off on proposed human trafficking legislation.

While one Commissioner for Promotion of Uniformity of Legislation believes the concept is great, he also says some tweaking is needed before the Commonwealth joins the other states that are ready right now.

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Roanoke Crime Response
6:08 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Virginia Crime Report Published

Each year the Virginia State Police issues an annual crime analysis breaking down incidents by location and type. The most recent analysis for crimes in 2013 puts a city at the top of the list that doesn’t think it belongs there.

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