Law and Crime

General Assembly
8:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Lawmakers Debate How to Handle Joe Morrissey's Re-election

The 2015 General Assembly convened on Wednesday with an undercurrent of drama.  Ostracized by his former party leaders and denounced by others, newly re-elected Democrat-turned-Independent Delegate Joe Morrissey left his jail cell and returned to his legislative office.  Morrissey acknowledges that many colleagues don't want him there after his misdemeanor conviction.  But the embattled delegate says his constituents DO want him there -and he's preparing to fight for that. 

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Handcuffed 4-Year-Old
7:54 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Handcuffed Preschooler Reinstated in Greene

After some public uproar and contact from a civil liberties group, the four-year-old who was cuffed and shackled by a Greene County school resource officer will be invited back to school with his record wiped clean. The fight, however, goes on.

The Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute is claiming a victory of sorts on behalf  of the misbehaving pre-schooler who was hauled out of class, handcuffed, placed in a squad car, and then-- back at the sheriff's office-- locked in leg irons.

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Part 1 of 3
8:17 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Guantanamo Bay: General Who Built Island Prison Reflects

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During the last two years of the Obama administration, the president appears determined to make good on one of his first campaign promises -- to close Guantanamo Bay.  The Virginia-trained general who built GTMO reflects on what happened there, shared little-known details about life at the island prison with an audience at the University of Richmond.  

Major General Michael Lehnert had completed many challenging assignments in more than 30 years of military service, but none quite like the order he got in January of 2002.

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Part 5 of 5
4:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Marijuana Reforms: Sales Potential

Virginia is rarely a trendsetter when it comes to legislation.  Attorney General Mark Herring, who was out front on the issue of gay marriage, says he’s taking a wait-and-see approach to reforming marijuana laws, but several factors could accelerate change.

This month, the Virginia legislature will consider a bill to decriminalize marijuana, but before it can be debated it must clear a committee co-chaired by long-time Williamsburg Senator Tommy Norment.

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Greene County Incident
1:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Bill Might Halt Handcuffs On School Kids

Delegate Bell spent the last ten years of his teaching career in Special Ed.

Last fall's controversial handcuffing and shackling of a Greene County pre-schooler might have been prevented by a new bill that could soon make its way through the General Assembly.




Delegate Dickie Bell will introduce a measure calling on the state’s Education Department to regulate the use of restraints on students. His bill was already in the works when he heard that an officer had cuffed and shackled a four-year-old.



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