While we are talking about my senator – Ryan McDougle – I am pleased to see his expungement bill pass a senate committee. Here’s the story from the R T-D:
Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover — a law-and-order conservative leader and chairman of the Senate’s Republican caucus — acknowledged to the Senate Courts of Justice committee on Wednesday that historically he has been reluctant to support legislation expanding expungement of criminal offenses.
But McDougle, a lawyer and a legislator since 2002, said he’s begun to see on a daily basis that the real-life impact of some laws passed in the General Assembly is far more significant than what lawmakers intended. He noted that one of his clients, a medical student, had trouble getting a residency because of one charge of underage possession of alcohol.
Of course, there should not be an absolute prohibition of alcohol for those 18-20 years old – that was the result of meddling by the Federal Government egged on by do-gooders – that is a pure state issue. But this bill shows vision. Thanks Senator McDougle!
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders
I could not have been more astounded if I read Tom White had joined the Communist Party!
McDougle: Expunge first-time pot, alcohol possession convictions for under-21 offenders
My senator? Ryan McDougle? Well it’s true. And I agree with him! It is the kind of visionary thinking that will help the GOP win elections in the future without having to get three or four to run for sheriff in every county of the Commonwealth.
Here’s the story at Richmond.com and here’s the story in the Virginian-Pilot:
McDougle, a criminal lawyer and co-chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, said in an interview that the legislation is prompted by the desire to not have “bad choices” made in early adulthood prevent offenders from getting jobs and opportunities later that help them become “a productive and economic contributor to society.”
He said the legislation would not alter the punishment for the crime, which can include driver’s license suspension, a fine and possible jail time, but it would provide a pathway for one-time offenders to have a clean slate after their probationary period.
A better solution would be to lower the drinking age for beer and maybe unfortified wine to 18. But this is a start. (I understand from a VERY reliable source that in Charlottesville, first offenders of the underage drinking age rule if they are over 18 can get a deferral upon terms so it does not show up on their record.)
Here is another account in the Daily Press (Williamsburg):
State Sen. Ryan McDougle, chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, said the bill will be one of a few criminal justice reform measures likely to move in the coming legislative session, which begins next month. He said people under 21 should be given a shot at expungement to improve their employment options.
The legislation would deal with simple possession cases, not selling marijuana. McDougle, a former prosecutor, said there’s no method for expungement now.
Let all my readers do two things: Let’s thank Senator McDougle for this wonderful idea – send him an email at district04 [at] state.virginia.gov.
And lets’ ask Delegate Chris Peace and Buddy Fowler to join him.
We need to stop the tendency toward overcriminalization and criminal records. Let me also add: I would suggest a law similar to Alabama’s Youthful Offender law that allows a young offender to avoid a felony record by adhering to certain conditions.
Peace: DelCPeace [at] house.virginia.gov
Fowler: DelBFowler [at] house.virginia.gov
Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders
With great power comes no responsibility. The Spiderman writers clearly never consulted with the Ruling Class in Washington DC before peddling their old school moral propaganda in theaters.
Justice Department: No Criminal Charges for Lerner, Others in IRS Scandal
The Justice Department announced Friday afternoon that it will not bring criminal charges against Lois Lerner or any other IRS official involved in the targeting of Tea Party groups, in a decision Republicans ripped as a “free pass.”
In a letter to leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, the department said the investigation into the controversy will be closed — and while they found “mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia,” they found “no evidence that would support a criminal prosecution.”
“What occurred is disquieting and may necessitate corrective action — but it does not warrant criminal prosecution,” Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik wrote.
It is important to understand what your federal government is declaring here. Conservatives have no rights. In fact, anyone opposing the Federal Government has no rights. While illegally bullying the American People in order to win elections may warrant a wagging of the finger, it simply is not a crime. Targeting of Conservatives in the United States of America will continue. If agents of the Ruling Class get caught, they will be verbally reprimanded with a wink and nod, if not coitus, and business shall continue as usual. Move along folks, nothing to see here.
That this travesty will not result in widespread protests is an indication that the federal governments tactics are working. Everyone is simply too dispirited or afraid to fight back. No abuse of power will result in criminal consequences. None of our liberties are protected – so long as you refuse to obey.
Welcome to Ameritopia.
Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker
Democrats always claim voter fraud does not exist.
Our long time Virginia based Watchdog Kenric Ward has moved to Texas and is still doing what he does best – exposing political bad behavior.
Check out his latest piece:
A client of Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa is facing 16 criminal charges of rigging votes in a Rio Grande Valley election.
IN THE HOT SEAT: Weslaco City Commissioner Lupe Rivera faces 16 counts of vote fraud filed by the state attorney general’s office.
Lupe Rivera Sr. illegally handled ballots and envelopes in his closely contested Weslaco City Commission race, according to the state attorney general’s office. Rivera won the 2013 election by 16 votes, but a court ruled that 30 ballots were illegally cast.
Rivera is set to be arraigned on Nov. 18 — 15 days after he squares off again against Letty Lopez in a scheduled rematch.
While Rivera remains innocent until proven guilty, the criminal charges against him are a blow to Hinojosa, who has relentlessly criticized Texas’ photo ID law and downplays the potential for election fraud.
Lopez’s attorney, Jerad Najvar, said the Weslaco case “sets a legal precedent that voting residency requirements and the mail-in ballot rules that protect elderly voters from coercion will be enforced.
Read the rest here.
Article written by: Tom White