Law and Crime

Law & Crime
4:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

DNA Could Offer Another Avenue for Serial's Syed

Deidre Enright, UVA Law School Innocence Project
Credit Hawes Spencer

The popular NPR podcast Serial is back in the headlines with news that a young Maryland man convicted of killing his high-school girlfriend will get the opportunity to appeal.

Here in Virginia, a separate effort is underway to determine whether the guy featured in Serial is the real killer.

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VAB Promo
4:16 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

The Disappearance...

Coverage Compilation
2:04 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

The Disappearance of Hannah Graham

Charlottesville police finally broke their silence Wednesday to discuss the disappearance of an 18-year-old University of Virginia student. Security videos have shown her walking and running through town, heading for the downtown mall.

Investigators now hope surveillance tapes from merchants there might provide new clues to the wherabouts of Hannah Graham. 

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General Assembly 2015
8:41 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Senate Passes 'Ban the Box' Bill

Flickr user Flazingo Photos
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Virginia State Senate has passed legislation that would impact state hiring of applicants with criminal convictions. The "Ban the Box" bill would allow to people who were charged or convicted of crimes to advance further in the employment vetting process before a prospective employer could inquire about any criminal history. 

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Sexual Assaults on Campus
4:42 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Lawmakers Debate Mandatory Reporting

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Should universities be required to report sexual assaults to police?  That a question being hotly debated in Richmond this week. 

After Jesse Matthew Junior was charged with kidnapping Hannah Graham, the public learned he was earlier accused of sexual assault at two other universities in Virginia.  That led Charlottesville Democrat David Toscano to draft  House Bill 2139 – a measure that would require schools to report such claims to police, and a new poll by the Commonwealth Education Policy Institute shows strong public support for the idea.

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