Virginia’s former governor received a lighter sentence than many legal experts predicted following his corruption trial. Bob McDonnell will serve two years in a federal prison and remain on parole for two years. Sandy Hausman spoke with two men who had kept a close watch on the case.
At George Mason University, Assistant Law School Dean Richard Kelsey had predicted a fairly lenient sentence.
As Virginia’s legislature considers a bill to decriminalize marijuana, some critics worry that doing so will send the wrong message to kids who may already view the drug as harmless, and the prospect of legalization sends some parents into a panic.
Maryland, North Carolina and the District of Columbia have ditched criminal penalties for possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, and State Senator Adam Ebbin thinks it’s time for Virginia to do likewise.
For years, the city of Charlottesville has debated whether to install security cameras in public places.
Opponents have successfully argued that surveillance in public places is an invasion of privacy, but with the disappearance and death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, public sentiment may have shifted.
Since 2007, Charlottesville’s chief of police has been asking City Council to install surveillance cameras on the Downtown Mall. This week, he brought the City's top prosecutor to make the case.
When he's sentenced tomorrow will a former Virginia Governor get a slap on the wrist with community service or a short time in prison for 11 corruption convictions—or will U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentence him to a lengthy stint behind bars?