Crime/Justice

'110 percent sure': Jurors say no doubt in Abshire's guilt
Published on Oct 31st, 2011
17 comments "There's a verdict!" The cry at the Orange County Circuit Court at around 4:20pm on Tuesday, October 25 brought family and friends of the late Justine Swartz Abshire racing up to the third floor...
Love's medical records: Should hearing be closed?
Published on Oct 26th, 2011
29 comments In a rare agreement with the defense, Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman said he'd like a November 7 hearing on motions concerning the medical records of slain UVA student Yeardley Love closed....
Jury: He did it. Abshire murder trial
Published on Oct 25th, 2011
46 comments As the jury weighed its decision in the first-degree murder trial of the Greene County dump truck driver accused of killing his wife for a $1.5 million in insurance payout in a crime so shabbily...
Why she filed: Morgan Harrington's mom explains suit
Published on Oct 25th, 2011
310 comments The news that the mother of slain concert-goer Morgan Dana Harrington filed a lawsuit against the security company nearly got lost amid the tributes to the 20-year-old on the two-year anniversary of...
Crosswalk case: Taxpayer payout ends cops' black eye
Published on Oct 24th, 2011
30 comments The injured plaintiff had already agreed to eschew hot-button terms like "Code of Blue" or "Code of Silence" when the lawsuit alleging a police conspiracy went before a jury. But the suit filed by...
Nevermind: UVA editor's charge dropped at trial
Published on Oct 21st, 2011
5 comments A University Judiciary Committee ruled it did not have jurisdiction over the Cavalier Daily October 18 after it heard the alleged breach of Honor Code confidentiality trial against editor-in-chief...
Anger management: Former mayor Caravati will get counseling
Published on Oct 21st, 2011
9 comments Former mayor Blake Caravati appeared in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court October 21 to face an assault and battery charge on a family member. Greene Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Morris was...
Halfaday arrested: Ex-candidate charged with falsifying address
Published on Oct 19th, 2011
40 comments Former Democratic City Council candidate James Halfaday was charged October 19 with four felony counts of election fraud for allegedly using a false address to certify his candidacy with the...
Day five: Abshire expressed marriage regret
Published on Oct 18th, 2011
11 comments Speaking in a soft– at times shaking– voice, Eric Abshire's high school sweetheart, Allison Crawford, testified unwillingly today and revealed that on the night of Justine's death,...
Guilty as charged: Cobbs vows appeal in two-plant pot case
Published on Oct 18th, 2011
45 comments In a decision that sends a strong message that drugs must be rooted out at any cost, the Albemarle citizen recently arrested after a SWAT team found a pair of pot plants in his yard, Philip Cobbs,...
'It is war': Harringtons vow at murder's two-year anniversary
Published on Oct 17th, 2011
286 comments The parents of murder victim Morgan Dana Harrington marked the two-year anniversary of their 20-year-old daughter's mysterious abduction with stern words for the killer– and for any sleuths...
Reefer madness? Copter and SWAT team weeded out 2 plants on their property
Published on Oct 12th, 2011
85 comments Philip Cobbs likes gardening. You can tell from the neat perennial beds, the carefully trimmed yard, and from the fenced vegetable garden on the 39-acre tract in southeastern Albemarle that's been...
'Women and money': Prosecutors suggest motives in Abshire pretrial hearing
Published on Oct 7th, 2011
7 comments If Eric Abshire were a grieving widower, he had a strange way of showing it. According to information presented by prosecutors Thursday, between the death and burial of his wife, the Orange County...
Confidentiality or censorship? Cav Daily slapped with conduct charges
Published on Sep 26th, 2011
10 comments When the members of the managing board of the Cavalier Daily discovered they had a plagiarist on staff, they turned the offending writer over to the Honor Committee– and published an...
Tough judge: Caravati court known for harsh sentencing
Published on Sep 26th, 2011
15 comments Former Mayor Blake Caravati made his first appearance in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Friday, September 16, but details of the incident that led to his being charged with spousal assault...
Sanctions: Allied Concrete attorneys want $900K in legal fees
Published on Sep 24th, 2011
14 comments The tragic day in 2007 when an Allied Concrete mixer crossed paths on Route 53 with the car of a young married couple, it took more than 25-year-old Jessica Scott Lester's life. Today her widower...
$499 question: Does Council candidate even live in the city?
Published on Sep 16th, 2011
98 comments At the Jefferson School groundbreaking September 14, the topic of conversation sometimes seemed to be less the milestone the historic school had achieved, but instead the former City Council...
Caravati charged: Former mayor arrested for spouse assault
Published on Sep 14th, 2011
28 comments Details of the incident that resulted in a domestic violence charge against former Charlottesville Mayor J. Blake Caravati did not emerge Friday, September 16 when he appeared in Juvenile and...
Ravens Roost: Rock-climbing death deemed accidental
Published on Sep 9th, 2011
3 comments What may be Virginia's most beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway overlook was also the scene of one of its most tragic accidents, the June 15 rock-climbing death of Alabama resident Jonathan "Sully" Sullivan...
Kathryn's law: Harrington supports campus cop demotion
Published on Sep 8th, 2011
40 comments The days of campus police leading murder and rape investigations are coming to an end if the parents of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington have anything to say about it.On November 16, the...