Law and Crime

Law & Crime
7:36 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Positive News on the Crime Front

New numbers from the U.S. Justice Department may come as a surprise to those who think prisons are the best response to crime.  Inmate populations are down, and so are criminal convictions.

About 2.3 million Americans are in state and federal prisons or jails, but the numbers have been dropping, and an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts clearly shows the trend in Virginia and neighboring Maryland.

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"Giftgate" Scandal
7:52 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor McDonnell Could Face Criminal Charges

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It looks as though Virginia’s outgoing Governor may face criminal charges soon after leaving office next month. 

According to the Washington Post, a federal prosecutor’s plan to ask for an indictment against

Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has been delayed until the first of the year. The request is in connection with the Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams scandal, also known as “giftgate”.

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Law & Crime
4:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Huguely Attorneys Say Right to Counsel Violated

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Attorneys for former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely argued for a new trial before the Virginia Court of Appeals.

They are not discussing plans to possibly take his case to a higher court if a three-judge panel in Richmond fails to grant their client's request … following his conviction for the murder of former girlfriend Yeardley Love. 

Huguely attorney Paul Clement says his team is not overly confident, but the fact that the judges were asking probing questions is promising.

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Case of Missing UVA Grad Student
4:20 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Pat Collins: Mystery Solved

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There are about 40,000 missing people in this country, and for 27 years UVA graduate student Pat Collins was one of them. 

Some felt sure he was kidnapped or murdered, but campus police disagreed.  Two Charlottesville writers appear to have solved the mystery.

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Law & Crime
3:39 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Body Found During Search for Missing Lynchburg Teen

In Lynchburg, a woman's body was found this morning in the area where the search for 18-year old Jamisha Gilbert was taking place.

Lieutenant Dave Gearhart of the Lynchburg Police Department addressed the media at a news conference just after 3 p.m. 

Meantime, searchers continued combing the Pleasant Valley Road area between U.S. 460 and Concorde Turnpike.  That's where Jamisha Gilbert's wrecked Honda Accord was found on Friday.  She had last been seen at about 1 a.m. Friday.

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