Law and Crime

New State Task Force
5:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Combating Campus Sexual Violence

Richmond, VA

While the disappearance of UVa student Hannah Graham is not the reason why Governor McAuliffe has created a Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, the ongoing search for her  puts a name and face on the issue of student safety. 

The task force chairman, Attorney General Mark Herring, says national statistics on the problem are appalling, and addressing it is long overdue.

Both the Governor and Herring spoke during the first meeting of the task force and emphasized that campus sexual violence must end.

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John & Sue Graham
12:38 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Parents of Missing U.VA Student Reach Out for Help

The parents of missing UVA student Hannah Graham, John and Sue Graham, released a heartrending video over the weekend pleading for information to the whereabouts of their daughter.  Watch the video below:

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A National Audience
4:08 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Drones Used in Search for Missing Hannah Graham

A flyer about the disappearance of Hannah Graham is seen October 2, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images via WBUR

The search continues for Hannah Graham, the 18 year-old University of Virginia student who disappeared last month.

Drones are now flying over farm fields and woods where public tips suggest she might be found.

Five years ago, Morgan Harrington, another young woman on campus for a rock concert, also went missing.

Police maintain there may be a link between the two cases. Surveillance technology and social media led them to a suspect, Jesse "LJ" Matthew.

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Law & Crime
3:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Heroin and Prescription Drug Summit in Virginia

Surprised by a growing epidemic of heroin and pain killer abuse, state officials held a summit meeting today to talk about why 900 Virginians lost their lives to opiate-based drugs last year and what should be done about it.  

Honesty Liller was not the girl you’d expect to be a heroin addict.  She grew-up in a middle-class household near Richmond in a two-parent family, graduated from high school at 16 and had an after school job.  She also started drinking and using drugs at the age of 12.

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Law & Crime
8:32 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawmakers Work to Revise State Child Pornography Laws

Crime Commission Legal Affairs Director Steward Petoe

Lawmakers on the Virginia Crime Commission have been working to fine-tune the state’s child pornography statutes.  The members began combing through the law after a judge and two prosecutors were drafting model jury instructions and noticed some ambiguities. The commission’s goal is to help ensure that innocent people are not inadvertently entrapped—and that guilty perpetrators don’t escape conviction.

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