Virginia

"Symbols… Of Subtle Oppression": Virginia Judge Orders Removal Of Portraits Of White Judges

Authored by Jonathan Turley, Judge David Bernhard is a jurist in Fairfax County (where I reside) has issued a controversial order that the portraits of white judges must be removed from a courtroom because their presence would deny a black defendant a fair trial. In a decision applauded in the Washington Post, Bernhard declared that a fair trial…

Virginia State Sen. Ben Chafin Dies From COVID-19 Complications 

Some horrible news has hit the wires early Saturday morning. Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin (R) has passed away from complications due to COVID-19. The senator’s office confirmed to local news WTVR Richmond that Senator Chafin passed away on Friday night.  “The family of Senator Chafin thank the VCU Medical Center in Richmond for its vigorous…

Virginia County Rebels Against Gov. Northam’s Lockdown Restrictions – Declares Itself “First Amendment Sanctuary”

Campbell County, Virginia has rejected Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s coronavirus restrictions – declaring itself a “First Amendment sanctuary” in a resolution which makes it the first locality in the state to openly resist Northam’s orders. The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the measure last week in response to Northam’s pre-Thanksgiving limits on public gatherings…

Signed as Law: Virginia Limits Federal Militarization of Police

By Michael Maharrey RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 1, 2020) – Last month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law that will put limits on state and local law enforcement agencies’ ability to acquire certain military equipment from federal programs. Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) introduced House Bill 5049 (HB5049) on Aug. 17. The new…

Signed as Law: Virginia Prohibits No-Knock Warrants

By Michael Maharrey Late last month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill into law that bans “no-knock” warrants and nullifies the impact of several Supreme Court opinions in practice and effect. Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax) introduced House Bill 5099 (HB5099) on Aug. 20. The new law prohibits any Virginia law-enforcement officer from seeking, executing,…

Virginia Court Rules License Plate Tracking Doesn’t Violate Privacy

By Michael Maharrey The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a police department’s use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) does not violate state privacy laws. In effect, the ruling will allow law enforcement agencies in Virginia to indefinitely keep data from automated license plate readers, including a record of the time and place where…