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1:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

March is Mediation Month

Governor McAuliffe has named March “Mediation Month” in the Commonwealth, to honor the work done in courts and other resolution centers. 

The Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution and the Virginia Mediation Network are promoting several free seminars during the month.

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12 Months & 1 Day
4:24 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Maureen McDonnell Sentenced

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Virginia's former First Lady spoke publicly for the first time since both she and her husband were indicted and subsequently convicted on federal corruption charges. Tommie McNeil explains, her testimony not only elicited a tearful reaction from some in the courtroom, but also prompted the judge to give her a better sentencing deal than her husband’s. 

Maureen McDonnell expressed remorse and apologized for "letting the serpent into the mansion"—referring to Jonnie Williams, the businessman whose testimony led to the convictions of both Maureen and former Governor Bob McDonnell.

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General Assembly 2015
8:34 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Lawmakers Crack Down on Cigarette Smuggling

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A Republican state senator is trying desperately to crack down on cigarette trafficking from Virginia to the Northeast, which evidence suggests is so profitable that it’s funding terrorist organizations and fuels organized crime. But several members of his own caucus in the House are standing in the way of one bill that’s passed the Senate. 

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Law & Crime
5:31 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Matthew Murder Trial May Closely Follow Fairfax

Prosecutor Denise Lunsford

Sixteen days after his indictment for the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Jesse L. Matthew Jr. is on his way to a jury trial in Albemarle.

Refusing to follow the defense's request for trial by judge, Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford insisted on a jury. And veteran defense lawyer Scott Goodman explains why.

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Law & Crime
4:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

DNA Could Offer Another Avenue for Serial's Syed

Deidre Enright, UVA Law School Innocence Project
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The popular NPR podcast Serial is back in the headlines with news that a young Maryland man convicted of killing his high-school girlfriend will get the opportunity to appeal.

Here in Virginia, a separate effort is underway to determine whether the guy featured in Serial is the real killer.

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