Law and Crime

July Trial Set
2:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Former Governor McDonnell & Wife Plead Not Guilty

The McDonnells leave U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
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Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are free on their own recognizance, but received strong warnings not to interact with the news media.

Both pleaded “not guilty” to more than a dozen charges … and now have until July 28th to strategize with their counsel before what's expected to be a lengthy trial.

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Marriage Law Has History in VA
4:57 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Loving vs. Virginia

Richard and Mildred Loving

The issue of gay marriage resonates in Virginia in particular, because of a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision involving a Virginia couple and interracial marriage.

You can hear the archived story of Mildred and Richard Loving whose home was raided by police in 1958.  They were charged with violating the state’s Racial Integrity Law. 
 

 Audio FileFrom our archives, you can hear Sandy Hausman's report on Loving vs. Virginia.Edit | Remove

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Law & Crime
6:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

McDonnell Indictment Prompts Response

Credit www.timesdisptatch.com

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted by a federal jury on 14 counts related to gifts and loans they received from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. McDonnell made a public statement at a Richmond law firm and said they have been falsely accused.  He stated that he never promised—and Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific never received—any government benefit of any kind from him or his administration.  He noted that the federal investigation has been indescribably agonizing, but he believes that the facts and the law are on his side.

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Law & Crime
5:17 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Former Gov. McDonnell & Wife Indicted on Federal Charges

Just weeks after leaving the Governor’s mansion, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted for illegally accepting gifts and loans during his tenure.

The 14-count, 43-page  federal indictment details how the couple accepted more than $135,000  in gifts, loans and trips from the former CEO of Star Scientific, Jonnie Williams, also a political donor.

In exchange, the indictment claims the Governor and his office were helping promote the company’s struggling dietary supplement business and attempted to conceal the scheme.

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Hearing for Sex Offenders
4:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Tackles Criminal Name Changes

It’s fairly easy for people in Virginia to change their name, but when it comes to sex offenders, one state lawmaker thinks it should be more difficult.

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