Charlottesville Breaking News
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 expunge a trespassing charge for those who were hauled off after objecting to ultrasound legislation.
"It was going to be difficult to prove certain elements in the unlawful assembly charge," says Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Colette McEachin.
Indeed, Virginia Code defines unlawful assembly as three or more people gathering with the intent to commit "unlawful acts" and "violence" and who provoke "well-grounded fear of serious and immediate breaches of public safety."
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 late-February for the 2010 beating death of former girlfriend Yeardley Love, was not present for the April 16 proceedings.
"I've got a three-week, multimillion-dollar civil case," exclaimed Judge Edward Hogshire, explaining why he was unavailable for most of July to hear arguments in motions to overturn the conviction. The motions, however, have not been filed, and led to further upset from the judge.
"Typically, these motions are filed the day after the trial," said Hogshire. "I haven't gotten a motion yet."
Defense counsel explained that part of the delay stemmed from the unavailability of a complete record of the February trial which stretched over parts of three weeks.
"Having a finished transcript," said co-counsel for the defense, Rhonda Quagliana, "is vital."
"You're very familiar with the case," the judge shot back. "You know what parts are vital."
The judge set dates in June and July to argue the to-be-filed defense motions. He also set a hearing for this Thursday the 19th of April to hear motions from Robert Yates, a lawyer representing several media o...
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If you're a do-it-yourselfer, have a green thumb, or just get excited about home renovation projects, this three-day event is probably the most fun you can have without a hammer or spade in hand. For three years now, the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association's annual Home and Garden Festival, now in its 39th year, has been held on the floor of the jumbo-sized John Paul Jones Arena, with room for over 100 builders, suppliers, landscapers, and renovators. There will be workshops on energy-efficiency, activities in a special kid zone, and even wine tastings from local vineyards. And all for only five bucks.
April 20-22, John Paul Jones Arena, 10am Sat and 1pm Fri/Sun, $5