Law and Crime

Safety vs. Privacy
9:04 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Mall Cams Move Forward in Charlottesville

Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman & Police Chief Tim Longo
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

For years, the city of Charlottesville has debated whether to install security cameras in public places. 

Opponents have successfully argued that surveillance in public places is an invasion of privacy, but with the disappearance and death of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, public sentiment may have shifted. 

Since 2007, Charlottesville’s chief of police has been asking City Council to install surveillance cameras on the Downtown Mall. This week, he brought the City's top prosecutor to make the case.

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Next Step In Corruption Conviction
4:48 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Former VA Governor Awaits Sentencing

September 2014, Richmond, VA

When he's sentenced tomorrow will a former Virginia Governor get a slap on the wrist with community service or a short time in prison for 11 corruption convictions—or will U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentence him to a lengthy stint behind bars?  

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Part 2 of 5
1:11 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Marijuana Reform: Prospects for Legalizing Pot in Virginia

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While four states have legalized marijuana and 17 have eliminated criminal penalties for possession of small amounts, arrests in Virginia are rising.

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Part 1 of 5
4:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Marijuana Reforms in Virginia: High Times or Up in Smoke?

Legal Marijuana in Colorado
Credit Photo by Brett Levin, Creative Commons

Marijuana is now legal in four states, the District of Colombia and South Portland, Maine.  It’s been decriminalized in 17 states – among them our neighbors, North Carolina and Maryland. 

So where does that leave Virginia?  Is anyone calling for legal reforms here? 

Jordan McNeish was a bright kid who finished high school early and began taking courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College.  He’d been arrested once for possession of marijuana, paid a fine but spent no time in jail.  Then, in 2009, he was charged with a second offense.

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Government & Politics
8:32 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Vows to Stick to His Gun Control Measures

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Despite criticism from gun-rights advocates and GOP legislative leaders, Governor McAuliffe is not retreating on a package of gun-control measures that he has proposed for the upcoming General Assembly session. McAuliffe says this was one of his campaign promises, so no one should be surprised. 

Conservatives say the Governor is catering to the anti-gun agenda of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose Super PAC donated to his campaign.  But McAuliffe says this is about keeping people safe.

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