Virginia News Articles

DNA TESTS EXONERATE 2 FORMER PRISONERS - December 15, 2005 - Newly tested DNA from rapes committed more than 20 years ago has exonerated two Virginians who had each spent more than a decade behind bars, reigniting a national debate about post-conviction testing of biological evidence. Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) announced the test results Wednesday. One of the defendants served 20 years in prison for a rape in Alexandria that the new testing shows he did not commit. The other man was released in 1992 after serving about 11 years for an assault in Norfolk. The governor did not reveal the names of the exonerated men because they had requested privacy. He said he would expedite their pardon requests. The revelations are the result of modern-day testing Warner ordered more than a year ago on a small number of biological samples that had been collected in thousands of criminal cases. Those samples were taken to establish blood type in the time before DNA testing and the leaps in forensic science that have cleared the two convicts.

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Wrongly Convicted Man Will Get Lifetime Payments - February 26, 2003 - Marvin Lamont Anderson will receive $200,000 cash and about $40,000 annually for the rest of his life in compensation for spending 15 years in prison and five on parole for a crime he did not commit, the General Assembly decided Saturday, Feb. 22.

Va. Prisoners Gain a Brunch, Lose a Meal - February 11, 2003 - Weekend Cost-Cutting Effort Leaves Some Inmates and Their Stomachs Growling.

INFORMATION ABOUT CURRENT OCCURRING VA PRISON ISSUES - February 5, 2003 - This is a story about four people name Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There is an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. 

Virginia Bills to be Passed [we hope] - January 30, 2002