Three Fairfax County high school students made cellphone videos of drunken sex acts with fellow teens and shared them among themselves, authorities said. When they go on trial Thursday, they face a charge usually reserved for adult predators: child pornography.
The case is one of a number in Virginia where teens caught “sexting” have been charged with a felony that can carry a sentence of 20 years in prison and could require registry as a sex offender.
In Virginia, Maryland and many other states, the law has not caught up with the combustible mix of teens, technology and sex that has made sexting an issue. Prosecutors must rely on a patchwork of laws created before the rise of smartphones to handle such cases.
Some parents and rights groups are calling for a new law that would distinguish sexting from child pornography, create lesser punishments and focus on educating teenagers, not punishing them. But they also acknowledge that young victims can be devastated when embarrassing photos or videos are spread among their peers.
Kids will be kids? Stupid is as stupid does? I want these kids to feel some pain…big pain. I am not sure I want them to go to prison. That seems a little harsh. Once again, perhaps the schools can pick up the slack and tell these knuckleheads about the penalties involved in doing something like this.
Do they still have reform schools? Where do bad-asses get sent if they aren’t 18? The simple solution is not to get drunk and disorderly. I guess that’s too simple.
So cyber-buds…do we send the little pervs to reform school, prison, or slap them on the wrist and tell them not to do it again?
PS there is no opening picture. I tried to find something and ended up totally grossed out.
Some of the teens were found guilty. Further Reading…click here.
These little brats sound to me like rapists in training. I hope their punishment is severe.
RICHMOND — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse frequently takes to the Senate floor to warn against climate change, having done so, by his count, at least two dozen times in the past year. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before the Rhode Island Democrat got around to calling out Virginia’s most prominent global-warming skeptic by name.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, got a backhanded shout-out in a Whitehouse floor speech last week for his unsuccessful legal battle against a University of Virginia climate scientist.
The battle went something like this:
“In 2010, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli used his powers of office to harass former University of Virginia climatologist Michael Mann and 39 other climate scientists and staff,” Whitehouse said in a speech Thursday, which was posted on YouTube. “As a U-Va. grad, I am proud that the university fought back against this political attack on science and on academic freedom.”
SINCE WORLD WAR II, 10 of Virginia’s 11 attorneys general have run for governor. Nine of those 10, Democrats and Republicans alike, resigned to do so, and for good reason: They were loath to politicize an office whose effectiveness and prestige depend on making legal judgments untainted by politics.
Despite that wise precedent, Virginia’s current attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli II (R), has refused to follow suit. He has clung to his position even as he angled for his party’s gubernatorial nomination, bringing a cloud over his office and casting doubt on its ability to act impartially as the state’s legal counsel.
Several decades ago, when Virginia adopted the slogan “Virginia is for Lovers” someone apparently hadn’t read the Code of Virginia. Nothing could be further from the truth. Virginia is for the nunnery!
Only one or two centuries late, Virginia lawmakers have decided it is none of their business if unmarried couples share a roof. So the legislators are now working diligently to repeal the state’s law against “lewd and lascivious cohabitation.” Huzzahs all ’round for that.
But do not unclutch thy bodice yet. Virginia law is riddled with antiquated provisions meant to govern the “morals and decency” of the fair people of the commonwealth. And while the law against shacking up apparently never gets enforced, others do.
Republicans in Virginia and a handful of other battleground states are pushing for far-reaching changes to the electoral college in an attempt to counter recent success by Democrats.
In the vast majority of states, the presidential candidate who wins receives all of that state’s electoral votes. The proposed changes would instead apportion electoral votes by congressional district, a setup far more favorable to Republicans. Under such a system in Virginia, for instance, President Obama would have claimed four of the state’s 13 electoral votes in the 2012 election, rather than all of them.
The state Senate approved a bill Monday allowing Virginians age 65 and older to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide an excuse.
Currently, Virginians are allowed to vote absentee only if they cannot get to the polls on Election Day for certain reasons, such as military service or jury duty. Last week, a Senate panel killed a bill that would have allowed any registered voter to vote absentee, but it approved a measure to allow seniors to do so.
On Monday, the Senate voted 28-9 for that bill, sponsored by Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) and Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (R-Virginia Beach). All of those opposed were Republicans.
Why can’t anyone vote absentee? Don’t get me wrong. I am glad the vintage folks can vote absentee. Usually it required bending of the truth. But everyone should be able to without lying. It would save the state money in the first place. How many people would opt to vote absentee if given the choice?
RICHMOND — Virginia’s gasoline tax would be eliminated and its retail sales tax would increase from 5 percent to 5.8 percent under a transportation funding plan Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled Tuesday.
The governor’s proposal also would increase vehicle registration fees, impose a $100 annual fee on alternative fuel vehicles and shift revenue from the state’s general fund to provide more dollars for roads, rail and transit. McDonnell said the complete funding package could generate more than $3.1 billion in additional transportation funding over the next five years.
Administration officials said part of the revenue from a proposed $15 increase in vehicle registration fees would pay for the extension of passenger rail service to Roanoke, though it’s unclear how soon that would be available.
This doesn’t make the least bit of sense. Let’s make those who use the roads pay for the roads and keep the sales tax out of it.
Democratic Terry McAuliffe has often been referred to by Republicans and Democrats alike as an “opportunistic carpetbagger.” Just what is that?
Northern Virginians are often seen as not being “real Virginians.” Stop laughing. It’s true. I grew up in Charlottesville, therefore I have real Virginian cred which I have almost lost because I have spent my adult live here in Northern Virgina. I have even had people say, “back when you were a Virginian….” Go north of Bull Run and you are doomed. Just doomed.
Del. Robert G. Marshall is proposing a bill that would require some teachers or other school staff to carry concealed weapons in schools.
Marshall (R-Prince William) requested that the bill be drafted in response to the mass shooting last week at a Connecticut elementary school.
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said this week that there should be a discussion about whether school staff should be allowed to carry concealed weapons to protect children against intruders.
Marshall’s proposal goes beyond the governor’s comments, which were made in the course of a radio interview Tuesday. Marshall would not only allow staff with concealed handgun permits to carry them in schools, but require school districts to designate some staff members to do so. Those employees would have to be certified in gun safety and competence, Marshall said.
Virginia Lt. Gov Bill Bolling is expected to drop out of next year’s gubernatorial race Wednesday morning, leaving Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli with a clear path to the GOP nomination next year, two Virginia Republicans tell POLITICO.
Bolling, now in his second term as lieutenant governor, was widely seen as the underdog against the conservative Cuccinelli, whose supporters engineered a move to change the 2013 nominating process from a primary to a convention. Conservatives typically dominate Virginia GOP conventions.
I am reminded of an old Bobby Vinton record, “ Blue on Blue” …Blue on Blue, leart ache on heart ache…so on and so forth.
What’s the Cooch to do? He is the darling of the Religious Right and darling of the Tea Party. Ooops, big cross over on the old Venn Diagram with that one. Where does Tuesday’s election leave that bad-boy attorney general?
Firebrand conservative Kenneth Cuccinelli, now attorney general, is running, upsetting the state Republican establishment that badly wants mild-mannered and reliable Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as its gubernatorial candidate.
Cuccinelli, who has gained national attention for his strong positions against climate change, homosexuals and abortion, had been riding the Tea Party wave of distrust and resentment of government and mainstream politicians.
RICHMOND — Virginia’s health commissioner abruptly stepped down Thursday over proposed new regulations that would require abortion facilities to meet strict, hospital-style building standards that many clinics say would put them out of business.
In her resignation letter, Karen Remley, a pediatrician first appointed by then-governor Timothy M. Kaine in 2008, said: “Unfortunately, how specific sections of the Virginia Code pertaining to the development and enforcement of these regulations have been and continue to be interpreted has created an environment in which my ability to fulfill my duties is compromised and in good faith I can no longer serve in my role.”
I doubt that the anti-choice right will be crying the blues over her resignation. That frees up another spot for an extremist position. The extremists will say and do anything to advance their agenda.
Dr. Karen Remley is to be commended for her personal integrity as well as her dedication to safe women’s health practices in Virginia. She knows that the TRAP laws turning abortion clinics into mini hospitals are simply a ruse to make abortion more difficult, less accessible and more expensive. She knows that Ken Cuccinelli acted unethically and perhaps illegally when he failed to certifiy the recommendation of the State Health Board.
We should all be worried when someone’s zealotry replaces the Rule of Law.
Nearly 7,000 Virginia children whose families have opted to keep them out of public school for religious reasons are not required to get an education, the only children in the country who do not have to prove they are being home-schooled or otherwise educated, according to a study.
Virginia is the only state that allows families to avoid government intrusion once they are given permission to opt out of public school, according to a report from the University of Virginia’s School of Law. It’s a law that is defended for promoting religious freedom and criticized for leaving open the possibility that some children will not be educated.
Oh Dear God, its all up to Ken Cuccinelli whether or not Virgil Goode stays on the presidential ballot. You know the answer already. I am betting on the Lucy trick. Yes, Ken Cuccinelli promises to be fair and unbiased. Watch him snatch the ballot out from under Virgil Goode faster than Lucy snatches the football out from under Charlie Brown.
“Absolutely Objective” and Ken Cuccinelli are just 2 terms that don’t seem to go together. Oil and Water. Fire and Ice. Cuccinelli supports Romney. He was one of his chief cheer leaders at the GOP Convention. I am not sure *I* could be completely objective. Cuccinelli is known for playing loose with political ethics for causes he believe correct. He even tried to change the State Seal of Virginia because Lady Virtue had an exposed breast (such as it was) peeping out from under her tunic.
The State Board of Elections says Virgil Goode stays on the ballot but Ken Cuccinelli owns the power.
Rachel Maddow is right. Ken Cuccinelli and Virgil Goode take on national importance. This isn’t an ordinary year. Mr. Goode could be Mr. BAD for the GOP.
Here are Virginia’s most recent voting requirements. Note, you will no longer be allowed to come in without ID and sign an affidavit.
Under the previous Virginia law, voting officials could require identification at the polls, but was it not required. It was a felony to lie. This past year, the General Assembly passed legislation that requires all voters to present one of the following to vote: a voter registration card, social security card, a valid Virginia driver’s license or government ID, passport, valid Virginia student ID, employer photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows the voters name and address.
DOJ has blocked voter identification changes in several southern states, but cleared Virginia’s voting law changes this week. Our law allows a broader number of documents to establish identity.
Everyone should have their new voter ID card from the State Board of Elections also.
I can’t think of a reason why anyone wouldn’t have one of those forms, regardless of how old or poor they are. Perhaps I have overlooked something.