Law and Crime

Family members of missing persons throughout Virginia appeared before the State Crime Commission today to discuss ways to enhance the search and rescue process. Alexis Murphy’s aunt Trina and Morgan Harrington’s mother Gil were both present, and they believe the Commonwealth can make specific improvements to help better facilitate search and rescue efforts in abduction cases.

Anne Marie Morgan

Next week, a federal court will hear the appeal of former Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction on federal corruption charges. Among the many amicus briefs submitted to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is one by six former Virginia attorneys general. The four Democrats and two Republicans argue that the lower court’s expansive interpretation of law on which his conviction is based is erroneous.

A panel appointed by Governor McAuliffe to review the activities of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents spent hours yesterday scrutinizing the department’s structure, how agents are trained, and recent public safety statistics. 

Prompted by a public outcry over the forceful arrest of a 20-year-old UVa student who suffered a gash on his head, the panel is tasked with recommending improvements--and whether or not ABC agents should retain their law enforcement authority.  

Virginia's Rising Prison Rates

May 4, 2015

With 2.3 million Americans now behind bars, many states are looking at alternatives to jail time for those who commit non-violent crimes, but Virginia continues to imprison large numbers of people.

Crime in this country has fallen by more than 50% since the early 90’s, and Virginia has the third lowest rate of violent crime in the nation, but Lauren Brook-Eisen, a senior attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU says Virginia ranks 13th when it comes to locking people up. 

VT Student Turns Himself In For Social Media Threat

Apr 30, 2015

Virginia Tech and Blacksburg Police have made an arrest in a case this week involving a threat made on the social media site, Yik Yak. 

After authorities identified him as a suspect, he turned himself in as the author of a post warning of another – quote—“4-16 moment.”

21 -year-old Kiung Moon, is charged with ‘harassment by computer’ a misdemeanor which could lead to  up to 12 months in jail and a $2500 fine. The Virginia Tech senior, a business information technology major, is also banned from campus.