Law and Crime

Suicide Still a Crime in VA
3:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawmaker Fights Unnecessary Stigma

There’s no law on the books, but under Virginia’s common law, suicide is considered a crime.  In the current legislative session, one delegate thinks it’s time for the Commonwealth to change that. 

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Alexis Murphy Investigation
4:45 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Randy Allen Taylor Charged with Death of Nelson County Teen

In Nelson County Circuit Court, Randy Allen Taylor has been indicted on new charges related to the August disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy.

Taylor appeared in court after a special grand jury indicted him on charges of 1st degree murder, murder during commission of an abduction, and abduction with intent to defile.

Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin, standing with Murphy's family at a news conference, wouldn't talk about any new evidence in the case.

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Law & Crime
7:36 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Positive News on the Crime Front

New numbers from the U.S. Justice Department may come as a surprise to those who think prisons are the best response to crime.  Inmate populations are down, and so are criminal convictions.

About 2.3 million Americans are in state and federal prisons or jails, but the numbers have been dropping, and an analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts clearly shows the trend in Virginia and neighboring Maryland.

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"Giftgate" Scandal
7:52 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor McDonnell Could Face Criminal Charges


It looks as though Virginia’s outgoing Governor may face criminal charges soon after leaving office next month. 

According to the Washington Post, a federal prosecutor’s plan to ask for an indictment against

Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has been delayed until the first of the year. The request is in connection with the Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams scandal, also known as “giftgate”.

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Law & Crime
4:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Huguely Attorneys Say Right to Counsel Violated

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Attorneys for former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely argued for a new trial before the Virginia Court of Appeals.

They are not discussing plans to possibly take his case to a higher court if a three-judge panel in Richmond fails to grant their client's request … following his conviction for the murder of former girlfriend Yeardley Love. 

Huguely attorney Paul Clement says his team is not overly confident, but the fact that the judges were asking probing questions is promising.

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