Law and Crime

Law & Crime
1:02 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Virginia Police Departments Test E-Traffic Tickets

Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

The latest law enforcement tool isn’t a gun or bullet-proof vest but an on-board electronic scanner.  Three Virginia police departments are beta testing the new device. 

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Law & Crime
7:38 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Child Pornography: How is it Investigated?

Fighting the creation and distribution of child pornography is a global battle with a Virginia task force prominent in the field. There is a process of stopping child sexual exploitation.    

On any given day news feeds will include stories of people being arrested on child pornography charges. While child porn existed long before the internet, high-speed global connections have made the distribution of it as easy as watching legal movies or downloading family pictures. 

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VA Atty Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court
3:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Beards Behind Bars

Gregory Holt

A Virginia lawyer is on his way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right of a man to grow a beard.  Seven states will be watching that case closely.  

Gregory Holt is serving a life sentence  for burglary and domestic battery in Arkansas – one of seven states that bar prisoners from growing a beard.  His lawyer says that’s a problem, because Holt is a Muslim.

Douglas Laycock, a professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Virginia.  He says Holt got all the way to the Supreme Court without the help of a lawyer:

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:33 am
Mon March 3, 2014

VaNews for 03.03.14

Police officers in Chesterfield County have received some personal insights on interacting with mentally ill individuals...and a Hampton Roads woman found out it's not always easy to take a child out of martial arts training.

Those stories have been among the most frequently viewed over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on


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Producer Rights in a Culture of Sharing
7:55 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Careful What You Copy

The rise of digital technology has made sharing something you see on the web, a daily event for many people.  But there’s a gray area when it comes to what is legal to copy and share, and what’s not.

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