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Ban on LGBTQ ‘panic’ defense nears in Virginia | WTOP

Ban on LGBTQ ‘panic’ defense nears in Virginia | WTOP

|||{{headline}}After passing Virginia's House, the Senate is set to take up a bill that would ban the use of using gay or transgender "panic" defenses in criminal trials.change volumeDel. Danica Roem authored the bill to ban LGTBQ+ 'panic' defenses in Virginia.Virginia’s Senate is set to consider a bill by Del. Danica Roem, of Manassas, that would ban the use of so-called gay or transgender “panic” defenses, in criminal trials.Roem said Virginia’s current law enables defendants to blame the victim for an attack.“They would say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that person was trans, and when I found out,...

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Bill to eliminate Va. death penalty advances; cost savings debated | WTOP

Bill to eliminate Va. death penalty advances; cost savings debated | WTOP

|||{{headline}}A bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Virginia took another step forward in the state Senate Tuesday.Eliminating the death penalty in Virginia would cost the commonwealth about $77,000 to house and feed two current death row inmates, but free up almost $4 million yearly by eliminating the state’s Capital Defender Service, which represents defendants in cases eligible for the death penalty.was approved Tuesday by the Finance and Appropriations Committee by a vote of 12-4.The measure was introduced by Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell, who represents portions of...

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Prosecutors weigh ‘heavy hammer’ — felony murder — for rioters in Capitol officer’s death | WTOP

Prosecutors weigh ‘heavy hammer’ — felony murder — for rioters in Capitol officer’s death | WTOP

|||{{headline}}The former federal prosecutor who oversaw the investigation into the police response in the 2017 Charlottesville white nationalist rally, says many rioters inside the U.S. Capitol could potentially be charged with felony murder, in the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.As federal prosecutors file charges against rioters who took part in last Wednesday’s violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol, investigators continue to gather evidence in the death of , who died from injuries sustained during the attack.While most murder investigations focus on the person or persons...

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Jan 11
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Cyclist pleads guilty to Capital Crescent Trail assault that went viral | WTOP

Cyclist pleads guilty to Capital Crescent Trail assault that went viral | WTOP

||{{headline}}A Maryland man seen in a viral video assaulting three young adults hanging up posters on the Capital Crescent Trail has pleaded guilty.A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to assaulting three young adults who were posting Black Lives Matter posters along the Capital Crescent Trail .Anthony Brennan III, of Kensington, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of second-degree assault for the June 1 incident, which was captured in a viral video by one of the victims.In a virtual hearing, Brennan admitted to grabbing flyers and a roll of blue painter’s tape from the arm of a...

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Dec 16
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‘Go build a snowman’: Superintendent declares snow day, internet sheds tears of joy | WTOP

‘Go build a snowman’: Superintendent declares snow day, internet sheds tears of joy | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Most children cheer when a snow day is declared — the closure of schools in Jefferson County, West Virginia, has prompted an emotional response.A local superintendent has turned an announcement about schools closing for an impending snowstorm into a teachable, emotional moment.Now THIS is a snow day. (h/t )— Neal Augenstein (@AugensteinWTOP)Bondy Shay Gibson is superintendent of Jefferson County, West Virginia’s public schools. Adjacent to Loudoun County, Virginia, Gibson heeded meteorologists’ and sent a note to the community that schools would be closed Wednesday.For...

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Voters split on Virginia’s ‘direction’ and most satisfied with COVID-19 school options, poll finds | WTOP

Voters split on Virginia’s ‘direction’ and most satisfied with COVID-19 school options, poll finds | WTOP

||{{headline}}Virginia voters are split along partisan lines on whether the commonwealth is moving in the right direction, according to a new poll conducted by Christopher Newport University.Virginia voters are split along partisan lines on whether the commonwealth is moving in the right direction, according to a .And while most of the 906 registered voters are satisfied with Virginia’s COVID-19 school options, three out of four are worried their children will fall behind in school because of disruptions due to the pandemic.The poll was taken after Election Day, between Nov. 8 and Nov....

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Dec 10
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‘Out of whack’: Va. lawmakers vote to end jury sentences in criminal trials | WTOP

‘Out of whack’: Va. lawmakers vote to end jury sentences in criminal trials | WTOP

||{{headline}}Virginia lawmakers have voted to reform the state's jury sentencing law — similar to only Kentucky — in hopes of providing defendants with the right to a jury trial without risking an excessive sentence.Virginia lawmakers have voted to change a 224-year-old jury sentencing law, with the hope of ensuring defendants can choose a jury trial without facing the likelihood of a stiffer punishment if convicted.Currently, Virginia and Kentucky are the only two states that mandate if a defendant or prosecutor asks for a jury trial, the same jury must hand down the sentence.The problem...

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Dumfries driver who did burnouts on Bay Bridge arrested after video posted on social media | WTOP

Dumfries driver who did burnouts on Bay Bridge arrested after video posted on social media | WTOP

|||{{headline}}A Dumfries man who took his car out for a spin -- literally -- on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been arrested, after the dangerous driving incident was posted on social media.The driver of a Nissan sports car, who did tire-smoking burnouts on the Chesapeake Bay during weekend traffic, has been arrested and charged with dozens of traffic charges, and four counts of disorderly conduct.Maryland Transportation Authority Police say they were notified Sunday, Sept. 27, of the dangerous driving display on the westbound span of the Bay Bridge in Queen Anne’s County, after video was...

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WWII plane flyover postponed | WTOP

WWII plane flyover postponed | WTOP

||{{headline}}UPDATED at 10:37 a.m. 9/25/2020: The Arsenal of Democracy Flyover scheduled for Friday morning over the National Mall has been postponed.“Well, we tried, but we never got the weather visibility we needed for the so today’s flight is off. The weather was supposed to clear in time but it never cooperated with us so we will try again tomorrow at 11:30am EDT. Stay tuned for announcements in the morning,” a .PREVIOUSLY at 8:25 a.m.Late Friday morning, dozens of World War II-era military planes will provide an airborne history lesson over the nation’s capital with the .At...

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Sep 25
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