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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Jesse Matthew Trial Ends With Alford Plea

In Fairfax the 3-day trial of Jesse Matthew for charges of attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual assault is over. Matthew entered an Alford plea acknowledging there was evidence to convict him but not admitting his guilt.

Each of the charges carries a sentencing range of 20 years to life in prison. The plea leaves Matthew’s sentence to Judge David Schnell. It’s scheduled for October 2nd.

SCOVA Rules Trust Laws Apply to Sweet Briar

Students, former students and faculty at Sweet Briar College are hopeful today, following a ruling by the state Supreme Court that the trust laws can apply to the 114 year old private institution.

Last week attorney William Hurd, who represents the group Saving Sweet Briar Inc., argued that the college operates as both a corporation and a trust.

Now he says the Virginia Supreme Court has validated that argument.

Martin Defeated in Virginia Primaries; Howell Beats Back Opponent

While most of the incumbents in yesterday’s (6/9) General Assembly primaries held onto their seats, though there were several upsets.

In perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the evening 11th District Republican Senator Steve Martin of Chesterfield, a 22-year incumbent lost to small business owner and grassroots Republican campaign consultant Amanda Chase. Chase received 40% of the vote over Martin with 35% and auto dealer Barry Moore with 25%.

Lawmakers Review Northrop Grumman IT Services

Virginia lawmakers received an update Monday (6/8) on how Northrup Grumman is doing, providing the state’s IT services, as they consider whether to extend the contract or choose another vendor.

Northrup Grumman has provided the services since 2004. Since then, there have been multiple large-scale crashes and significant cost overruns.

While the contract will expire in 2019, the decision to keep them or sign with another vendor will likely need to be in place by 2017 to allow for an appropriate transition.

Court Orders General Assembly to Redraw Congressional Maps

Advocates for non-partisan redistricting were pleased with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday (6/5) that the General Assembly must redraw congressional lines by September 1st.

The court found that the legislature packed too many black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Bobby Scott.

Brian Cannon, Executive Director of One Virginia 2021, says the court’s action puts new pressure on the General Assembly to redraw the 3rd and it’s surrounding districts using a non-partisan process.

Jones Says Not His Fault There is No Stadium Progress

Mayor Dwight Jones says the lack of a new baseball stadium for the Richmond Flying Squirrels is not his fault.

Jones says the open letter to the “Greater Richmond Community” from Flying Squirrels President Lou DiBella was the wrong way to address his frustrations and that he should have called.

Jones and members of City Council have tried to get Henrico and Chesterfield to pitch in for a new stadium but the surrounding counties are not interested.

The Squirrels have one year left on their current lease with three one year renewal options.

SCOVA Hears Sweet Briar Arguments

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments June 4 from attorneys arguing for and against the closure of Sweet Briar College.  Its board says it will take $250 million to save.

William Hurd, who represents a group of alumnae and advocates, argues the college is both a corporation and a trust. He says the current board mismanaged the school and did not give supporters enough time to raise money to save it. He’s asking for a special fiduciary to be appointed to run Sweet Briar.   

Sweet Briar Students and Faculty Face Uncertain Future

Students and faculty at Sweet Briar College face an uncertain future as courts decide whether the 114-year-old institution can remain open next fall.

Supporters chanted outside the Virginia Supreme Court after oral arguments for and against an injunction to keep the school open.   

Tristin Burke, a rising Junior at Sweet Briar says she’s applied to multiple other schools, but she’d rather finish her education at the college she calls home.  

Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case on Capital Punishment Documents

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on a case brought against the Department of Corrections that could force them to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act detailing lethal injection records and procedures.

The DOC argues that many of these documents present a security risk and are exempt from FOIA.

Democratic Delegate Scott Surrovel who brought the case, says they should be required to produce the documents but be allowed to redact only the portions that present such a risk.

Virginia Has Record-Breaking Tourism Year

2014 was a record-breaking year for Virginia tourism, with 40 million visitors generating over $22 billion dollars in revenue.

Tourism is one of the five largest industries in the state and last year supported 216,000 jobs and $5 billion dollars in payroll.

Governor Terry McAuliffe says the Commonwealth has a lot to offer.

The Old Dominion has also received some impressive accolades recently. Virginia won best food region in the country from Esquire magazine for 2014 and Richmond was named best city in America to visit by American Express travel.