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Barr to fast-track Death Penalty in Cases of Mass Murder and Slaying of Officers

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On Monday, Attorney General William Barr made a speech to Fraternal Order of Police conference in New Orleans. In the speech he promised to swiftly carry out death penalty for suspects of mass murder and killing of police officers.

He said- “This administration will not tolerate violence against police, and we will do all we can to protect the safety of law enforcement officers. I will share with you one proposal that we will be advancing after Labour Day. We will be proposing legislation providing that in cases of mass murder, or in cases of murder if a law enforcement officer. There will be a time table for judicial proceedings that will allow imposition of any death sentence without undue delay. Punishment must be swift and certain.”

But even though his approach is aggressive, many of his fellow officers are at odds with him. Now, many in the criminal justice field favour rehabilitation instead of incarceration. But he advocates the “zero tolerance” policy of government towards offenders.

He thinks it’s long due that law enforcement officers gain respect. Barr also sited the example of Jeffrey Epstein, where he took his own life while awaiting trial on the charges of abusing teenage girls.

Barr exclaimed that he was appalled by the happening. How could a prison with tight security let that happen! “We will get to the bottom of what happened at the MCC and we will hold people accountable for this failure.”

But the reason for death of Jeffrey is not clear. Dr Barbara Simpson, the New York City Chief Examiner said that the investigators await the information which will come after the autopsy.

Seems like Barr is all set to speed up the process of death penalty. Especially, for those guilty of mass murder and of killing police officers. It is a noble thought, but what the law decides is still unsure.

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Reckless Driving in the State of Virginia

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The state of Virginia is strict in its enforcement of laws against reckless driving. According to section 46.2-852 of the Virginia Code, reckless driving is listed as a criminal offense. In addition, the Virginia Code categorizes all driving that endangers the life and property of others as reckless.

Several behaviors that motorists exhibit while behind the wheels can qualify as reckless driving in Virginia. “Reckless driving causes nearly a third of all deaths involving major car accidents, which are more than 13,000 each year,” explains attorney Karin Riley Porter. As a result, you can be charged by an officer and can be found guilty or not guilty by a judge.

Types of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is in different forms and includes:

1. Driving a vehicle with a mechanical fault

Va. Code § 46.2-853 considers driving a vehicle with faulty brakes as a reckless driving offense. Therefore, if a driver cannot maintain proper vehicle control, the driver will be held liable for reckless driving. However, if a driver could prove that they didn’t have prior knowledge that the vehicle was faulty, it would be possible to avoid conviction.

2. Not giving out the right signals when required

Not giving out a signal while driving on Virginia road is an offense under section 46.2-860 of the Virginia Code. Motorists are required to start signaling 50 feet away from the place they would be turning where the speed limit is not above 35 mph. In situations where the speed limit is above 35 mph, drivers are required to signal 100 feet away from where they would take a turn.

3. Driving alongside another vehicle on a single lane road

In Virginia, driving two vehicles abreast on a one-lane road is considered a reckless driving offense. This rule, however, only applies to vehicles and has no implications on motorcycles and bikes. If found liable, the offender will face charges.

4. Overspeeding

Different Virginia roads are subject to variable speed limits. A driver can face charges for reckless driving if they exceed the speed limit specified by law on each road network. According to the Va. Code §46.2-862, a driver can face convictions for reckless driving if they exceed the specified speed limit by 20 mph or drive above 80 mph.

5. Driving with an impaired view

Some drivers overload their cars or carry passengers who prevent them from seeing all sides of the road. Overloading is most common in trucks. If the passenger’s sitting position in any way obstructs the driver’s view, then the driver can be charged for reckless driving.

6. Racing on Public Property

Section 46.2-865 of the Virginia Code considers car racing on any property that is open to the members of the public without authorization as reckless driving. If found guilty, the state can withdraw the license of the driver for up to six months.

Penalties for Reckless Driving in Virginia

A reckless driving conviction may attract different penalties to the offender, some of which may include:

  • A suspension of the driver’s license for six months or more
  • Up to one-year jail term
  • Fine amounting to $2,500
  • Increase in auto insurance
  • Ineligibility for car rentals
  • Possibility of permanent seizure of vehicle if found guilty of unauthorized car racing

Conclusion

Reckless driving is a severe offense in Virginia. If you are charged with the crime and convicted, it can stay in your driving records for up to 11 years. However, with the help of an experienced Virginia traffic attorney, you can get a lesser charge for the offense.

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