RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia's procedure for exonerating wrongly convicted inmates is expected to get a close look in the 2013 General Assembly.
The so-called "21-day rule" says only an appellate court can consider new evidence of innocence presented three weeks after sentencing. The law is getting extra scrutiny because of the Johnathan Montomery case.
Montgomery spent four years in prison for sexual assault before his accuser recanted. A circuit court judge exonerated Montgomery, but Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said the judge overstepped his authority. Montgomery spent 12 more days behind bars before receiving a gubernatorial pardon.
A Cuccinelli spokesman says that even before the Montgomery case, the attorney general was working with lawmakers and advocates on draft legislation to make the process a little easier.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:25:37 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children after a tornado devastated suburban Oklahoma City and officials say the searchMore
Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:38:17 GMT
After a devastating twister tore through the mid-west killing dozens, the American Red Cross of the Lower Shore are standing-by.More
After a devastating twister tore through the Midwest killed at least 24 people, the American Red Cross of the Lower Shore in Salisbury is standing by, waiting for word to mobilize a relief effort for Oklahoma.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:03:41 GMT
SALISBURY, Md.- A former gym teacher who taught at Beaver Run Elementary School in Salisbury was on trial Monday in a "Peeping Tom" case.Jeffrey Brabitz appeared in Wicomico County Circuit Court on chargesMore
A former gym teacher who taught at Beaver Run Elementary School in Salisbury was on trial Monday in a "Peeping Tom" case.More
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:20 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:20:00 GMT
SEAFORD, Del.- Authorities say a woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger collided with a pickup truck in Seaford late Monday afternoon. Seaford police said that shortlyMore
Authorities say a woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding on as a passenger collided with a pickup truck in Seaford late Monday afternoon.More