It would be true justice for a state appeals court to declare Johnathon Montgomery innocent of the crimes of which he was convicted. That’s the argument of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who today appeared before the Virginia Court of Appeals to urge approval of a Writ of Actual Innocence for Montgomery. The panel weighed questions of justice versus executive and judicial separation of powers.
A Liberty University freshman is dead after an apparent altercation with a university Emergency Services Officer yesterday in Lynchburg.
According to university officials, 19-year-old Josh Hathaway, of Lubbock, Texas died from a gunshot wound, after attacking a university security officer yesterday morning at an off-campus, female-only residential hall.
State Senator Creigh Deeds is recovering after being stabbed at his Bath County home yesterday, evidently by his 24-year-old son. The attack and subsequent apparent suicide by Gus Deeds have raised new concerns about whether Virginia provides adequate mental health services. We have more on Gus Deeds’ case and what experts hope will happen next.
Gus Deeds had been assessed by mental health professionals who hoped to hospitalize him, but no psychiatric beds could be found in all of Western Virginia, so he was sent home.