Law and Crime

Law & Crime
7:28 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Search Resumes for Samantha Clarke and Alexis Murphy

Alexis Murphy, Randy Taylor

The search for two girls who vanished as teenagers in recent years resumed yesterday morning – and Randy Taylor, who is now serving two life sentences for murder and abduction, is associated with both cases. 

Federal, state and local law enforcement this weekend resumed the search for two teenagers-- Samantha Clarke of  Orange County, who has been missing since 2010…. and Alexis Murphy of Nelson County, who vanished in 2013. Town of Orange Police Chief Jim Fenwick says Randy Taylor is linked to both cases:

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Child Pornography in the Digital Age
4:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lawmakers Weigh Pentalties for Underage Sexting

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The State Crime Commission is wrestling with how to craft balanced legislation that addresses the growing problem of underage teens who take sexually explicit images of themselves and send them to others.

The members’ concern is heightened by some widely published cases—including a Louisa County “sexting” ring involving 100 teens and 1,000 images of minors posted on Instagram. 

But they’re also concerned that the penalties in existing laws designed for adult child predators may be too steep for teens.

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Role of the Media
5:04 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Crime Is Down, Fear Is Up

Credit http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/2012/12/fear/

Violent crime has been dropping for decades, but you wouldn’t know it to judge from what some call ‘the culture of fear’ that surrounds us.  Virginia's crime rate has shown the same decline and remains lower than the national average.  So why is fear on the rise? 

Even though statistics show you’re far more likely to be the victim of an accident than a crime, especially a violent crime, perception of the pervasiveness of crime is on the rise.

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Video Arraignment Friday
2:47 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Insanity Bid? Experts See Bleak Options for Matthew

Jesse Matthew, Jr
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Experts suggest that Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the man authorities link to the Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington cases, stands no chance of bail and little chance of a life outside prison-- even if he attempts an insanity defense.

The video arraignment in Fairfax will likely involve advising the 32-year-old Charlottesville man of his right to counsel and outlining his recent indictment for a 2005 rape, abduction, and attempted murder. What Jesse Matthew probably won't get is a bail hearing.

"This defendant's chance of getting a bail anywhere is nothing, it's zero."

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Affirmative Anecdotes
5:32 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Positive PR from the Richmond PD

Dionne Waugh

When it comes to public relations, many police departments stick to press releases and news conferences where they might show off drugs they’ve confiscated or ask the public’s help in tracking down a suspect.  In Richmond, that’s only the beginning.  Their top PR person has attracted the attention of people worldwide - using social media to spread the good news about cops. 

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