Crime/Justice

Jury nullification: The elephant in the room
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
22 comments There's an elephant in every courtroom. Prosecutors and judges won't show it to jurors, and even Virginia defense lawyers seem forbidden from mentioning this fact: If you think a law is unjust, you...
Controversial constitutionalist: 30 years of defending the people
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
4 comments In the corner is a cardboard stand-up of James Dean– and another of the Beatles in a phone booth. Toy skeletons are all over the place, as well as artwork that hints of a disturbing vision....
That bites: Fluco convicted in girls soccer incident
Published on Jul 16th, 2012
30 comments The tears were streaming as members of the Fluvanna High School girls varsity soccer team emerged from a courthouse in downtown Charlottesville after their co-captain was convicted of biting a...
Charlottesville 3: Capitol steps protesters dislike the deal
Published on Jun 1st, 2012
36 comments Two Charlottesville women are reluctantly leaning toward accepting a plea agreement in a high-profile body-rights protest case, while a third indicates she plans to reject the the deal recently...
Blood on the bricks
Published on May 31st, 2012
2 comments A six-foot swath of blood drops splattered on the Downtown Mall bricks near the crossing at Second Street greeted people Thursday morning. Police had not responded to an inquiry from the Hook at post...
Reefer activism: 2.6-ounce possessor fights back in Drug War
Published on May 28th, 2012
128 comments Here's what Jordan McNeish learned after nearly half a year in jail: "There are two classes of people: people who have done something they think they should be in jail for, and people who think the...
The Huguely tape: Court finally allows glimpses of evidence
Published on May 15th, 2012
51 comments During his trial, spectators could hear George Huguely's interview with police in which he went from matter-of-fact discussion of Yeardley Love "freaking out" to near hysteria and denial after...
Culpeper silence: Citizens, top cop slam shooting inquest
Published on May 14th, 2012
27 comments Three months after a Culpeper police officer gunned down an unarmed woman and despite an official explanation that has been contradicted by at least two witnesses, there's still no action....
BofA Day: Protesters mark shareholders meeting
Published on May 9th, 2012
6 comments In Charlotte, North Carolina, five people have already been arrested at the Bank of America shareholders meeting today. In Charlottesville, members of a group called Blue Ridge Council for Conscious...
Smoke signals: Council passes part of pot resolution
Published on May 7th, 2012
29 comments City Council passed a resolution to ask the General Assembly to revisit marijuana laws and give consideration to decriminalization in a 3-2 vote Monday night, but backed off the rest of a measure...
Get a room: Bad weather doesn't slow Foxfield revelry
Published on May 3rd, 2012
9 comments Fake IDs, underage drinking, and public drunkenness– the usual suspects at the Foxfield Races– were undeterred by a cold and rainy Saturday, April 28. Nor were the couple caught having...
Johnson's journey: Parkway chase ends in naked capture
Published on May 2nd, 2012
2 comments An early Wednesday police chase on the Blue Ridge Parkway ended with a crashed-and-burned sport utility vehicle and a driver who, by the time a canine team caught up with him, had ditched his clothes...
The week in review
Published on May 2nd, 2012
0 comments Latest former Albemarle police officer/reserve deputy to be charged with unsavory acts against a family member: Charles Farrell Long Jr., 47, who also is a former fourth-grade teacher in...
Civil squirm: Huguely must testify in $30 million lawsuit
Published on Apr 30th, 2012
17 comments Two months after an explosive criminal trial and mere days before time expired to file a civil suit, Sharon Love has filed a $30 million action against the man convicted of killing her 22-year-old...
Mugshot drag: Crime Times error raises ire
Published on Apr 30th, 2012
18 comments Nobody ever wants to see their picture in a mugshot magazine, but one man says his concern over a misdemeanor arrest was compounded into utter humiliation and outrage when Crime Times printed his mug...
The week in review
Published on Apr 25th, 2012
0 comments Worst way to get out of going to court: The Louisa Sheriff's Office is looking for 38-year-old Danielle Messineo, whom they say has made bomb threats on days she was scheduled to appear in court in...
Election fraud? Former candidate Feda Morton arrested
Published on Apr 18th, 2012
37 comments Feda Kidd Morton, who ran two years ago for the Republican nomination for the 5th District Congressional seat that was ultimately won by Robert Hurt, has been arrested, accused of election fraud....
Overcharged? Capitol protesters weigh community service deal
Published on Apr 17th, 2012
9 comments A Richmond prosecutor has dropped the unlawful assembly charge against 30 protesters arrested last month on the steps of the state Capitol and offered a community service deal that would ultimately...
A time to sentence: Huguely fate to be finalized August 30
Published on Apr 16th, 2012
6 comments During a brief but at times testy 25-minute hearing in Charlottesville Circuit Court, convicted murderer George W. Huguely V, received a sentencing date of 1pm on August 30. Huguely, convicted in...
Belmont rocked: Neighborhood drug ring smashes stereotypes
Published on Apr 14th, 2012
46 comments With its trendy restaurants, remodeled houses, and close proximity to downtown, Belmont has enjoyed at least a decade as the hip district for Charlottesville's young professionals. It turns out that...