Law and Crime

Part 1 of 5
5:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Crisis in Correctional Care: The Series Begins

There are about 30,000 Virginians in state prisons, and Virginia spends more than $25,000 a year to house each of them, making the Department of Corrections the most expensive agency in Richmond, with a billion dollar annual budget.

It spends $160 million on healthcare, but critics say that care is inadequate, and some inmates could be dying for lack of medical attention.  Another 30,000 people are locked up in city or county jails, and as we'll hear throughout this series, their care is also questionable.

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Facebook & Free Speech
4:41 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Case of Brandon Raub

Credit Photo Provided by United Truth Seekers

  A Virginia man is suing the F.B.I. and local police over his arrest for things he wrote on Facebook.  

It’s been nearly two years since 29-year-old Brandon Raub began posting things on his Facebook page – things that scared friends and the federal government.   Honorably discharged from the Marines after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Raub became convinced that  9/11 was a U.S. government conspiracy.  He wrote:

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Law & Crime
6:37 am
Fri March 28, 2014

State Inspector General Report on Sen. Creigh Deeds Case Released

A wrong fax machine number, not calling all possible facilities and poor communication are among the failures cited in the investigation of Gus Deeds' detention, release, attack on his father--Senator Creigh Deeds--and subsequent suicide. 

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University of Virginia
10:15 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The Innocence Project

Brian Banks is a former NFL linebacker whose career was derailed by a wrongful conviction for rape.  After he spent five years in prison, the woman who accused him admitted she had lied. 

Now, Banks is coming to Virginia to help the Innocence Project – an organization that helps inmates prove they are not criminals.

No one knows how many people are wrongly convicted each year in Virginia, but Matthew Engle gets many requests for help from people who insist they are innocent.

“It’s not unusual for us to get 20-25 new requests for help a week.”   

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Federal Charges
4:37 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Judge Denies Motion by Former Governor

A federal judge has denied a request by former Governor Bob McDonnell’s defense attorneys to limit the prosecution’s involvement in a separate, CIVIL case filed by shareholders of Star Scientific. 

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have pleaded “not guilty” to federal charges of improperly promoting the company’s dietary supplement in exchange for gifts from its former CEO, Jonnie Williams … and they maintain that the civil case is relevant.

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