Law and Crime

It’s been more than six months since 43 Mexican college students disappeared, and public protests continue in that country.  This month, they spilled into Virginia, with three family members touring and talking with Americans. 

With music, food and conversation, Richmond welcomed three people from a larger group called Caravan 43 – relatives of missing college students who are fanning out across the U.S. this month.

“Buenos dias.  Me jamo es Anayeli Guerrero.”

With no fanfare, the University of Virginia has announced a new sexual misconduct policy, prompted by a federal investigation.  

UVA spent about a year trying to figure out how it could better handle cases of sexual assault, harassment, and stalking, after the U.S. Department of Education said the school might be guilty of discrimination based on gender.  That announcement came after a former student said she was raped in 2011 and that administrators botched an investigation, losing key evidence.

Charlottesville Police have suspended their investigation of a possible fraternity house rape at the University of Virginia – the subject of a Rolling Stone magazine article that was discredited. The cops are not closing the case, but they find no evidence that a crime occurred.

'No Basis' for Rolling Stone's Gang Rape Claim

Mar 23, 2015
Photo: Hawes Spencer

None of the assault allegations made by Jackie, the subject of the Rolling Stone article that caused turmoil at the University of Virginia last November could be confirmed after months of investigating.

While the tale of a three-hour frat house gang rape had already been largely demolished through investigative reporting, Chief Tim Longo gave the official verdict on the claims Monday: they didn't check out.

"There no substantive basis to conclude that what is described in that article happened that night."

Charlottesville Bouncer Says ABC Claimed Fear of Riot

Mar 23, 2015
Hawes Spencer

The debate continues this week over the level of force Alcoholic Beverage Control Officers may have used against a UVA student turned away from a Charlottesville bar. The public still has no explanation for why Martese Johnson ended up bleeding from a head wound, lying on a sidewalk, restrained by three officers.

It was just past midnight, and patrons inside Trinity Irish Pub were still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day while outside watching were three Alcoholic Beverage Control agents. They had told owner Kevin Badke they were hoping to prevent trouble.



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