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VA Attorney General Appeals to Defend Anti-Sodomy Law

Jun 26, 2013

Virginia’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let the Commonwealth keep its law against sodomy on the books, because he claims it protects children from predators, but critics say we have other laws to do that, and Cuccinelli is simply playing politics.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-sodomy law in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, saying it violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy.

“The government can’t tell two consenting adults what they can do in private.”

W&L

Ann Massie, professor of law at Washington and Lee University, explains the Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Human Trafficking

Jun 23, 2013

A panel of experts whose responsibility is preparing Virginia for more uniform laws throughout the 50 states is not ready to sign off on proposed human trafficking legislation.

While one Commissioner for Promotion of Uniformity of Legislation believes the concept is great, he also says some tweaking is needed before the Commonwealth joins the other states that are ready right now.

Virginia Crime Report Published

Jun 20, 2013

Each year the Virginia State Police issues an annual crime analysis breaking down incidents by location and type. The most recent analysis for crimes in 2013 puts a city at the top of the list that doesn’t think it belongs there.

Pittsylvania County Moonshine Bust

Jun 18, 2013

Law enforcement officials say a moonshine bust near Danville this week should result in multiple felony and misdemeanor indictments for a man caught with 339 gallons of illegal whiskey and 18 weapons.

It was part of a joint four-month investigation between the State’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

The moonshine was found in the home of 63-year-old Ronald Bray, and was packaged in clear one-gallon containers similar to milk jugs.  The firearms in his home were mainly rifles and shotguns.

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