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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

VCU Opens Virginia’s First Ebola Unit

Governor McAuliffe says the Commonwealth is now better prepared to treat potential outbreaks of Ebola as well as other high level medical threats.

The Unique Pathogens Unit was ordered just 6 months ago and is now complete. It’s the newest department of the VCU Medical Center, and it will allow health care workers the tools necessary to safely treat patients with highly infectious diseases.

McAuliffe says the new state of the art facility is one of 55 centers nationwide approved by the CDC to treat Ebola.

AG's Office Teaching Connection Between Pet Abuse, Domestic Violence

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance says there are connections between those who abuse animals and those who abuse people, and they’re training law enforcement and animal control officers as well as domestic violence advocates in a comprehensive new program to prevent violence against both.

Prevention of domestic violence at all levels is the goal of the program.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Michelle Welch, Director of the Animal Law Unit, says animals can be a resource to tell law enforcement officers what’s going on in the home.

Morrissey Photo Again Raises Paternity Questions

A photo of former Delegate Joe Morrissey is circulating on social media today, which appears to show him and Myrna Pride posing with her infant child.

Morrissey, Pride and the child are all dressed in historic southern attire and smiling.

Morrissey had been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with Pride last year. She was 17 at the time and working in his law office.

Morrissey was cleared of all charges relating to the relationship in March.

He visited Pride in Atlanta for the baby’s birth but to date has not admitted paternity.

McAuliffe Pardons McAlister After 29 Years Served

Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued an absolute pardon for Michael McAlister who was wrongfully convicted 29 years ago of rape.

Norman Bruce Derr recently confessed to the crime as well as several other rapes in Maryland and Virginia. This cleared McAlister and put Derr behind bars. The two share a striking resemblance.

McAlister was freed Wednesday evening.

McAlister had previously applied for a pardon in 1993 only to be rejected. This is the first absolute pardon for McAuliffe.

Democrats Seeking Watkins Seat Participate in Forum

The three Democratic candidates in the race for the 10th district state Senate seat, now held by retiring Republican John Watkins, addressed voters questions directly last night at a forum moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Caper.

Chersterfield County Supervisor Dan Gecker says he wants to address the district’s income divide.

Emily Francis, an environmental advocate who’s worked for 16 years in non profits, says she’s the only proven progressive choice for Democrats.

McAuliffe Pardons Wrongfully Convicted Man After 29 Years in Prison

Governor Terry McAuliffe has issued an absolute pardon for Michael McAlister who was wrongfully convicted 29 years ago of rape.

Norman Bruce Derr recently confessed to the crime as well as several other rapes in Maryland and Virginia. This cleared McAlister and put Derr behind bars. The two shared a striking resemblance. McAlister was freed Wednesday (5/13) evening.

McAlister had previously applied for a pardon in 1993, only to be rejected. This is the first absolute pardon granted by McAuliffe.

Former Democratic Attorneys General Support McDonnell

Two former attorneys general were on hand at former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal yesterday (5/12), to say his conviction sets a dangerous precedent for politicians across the country.

50 former Attorneys General signed an amicus brief in support of McDonnell.

All three of the judges on the panel were appointed by Democratic presidents - two by President Clinton and one by President Obama. Though Francisco says they are a fair and impartial tribunal and he expects a fair and impartial ruling.

McDonnell Attorneys and Prosecutors Argue Appeal

Attorneys for former Governor Bob McDonnell argued before the 4th U. S.Circuit Court of Appeals May 12 that his September conviction on charges of bribery and corruption should be thrown out.

McDonnell and his attorneys insist that a meeting he arranged with Health Secretary Bill Hazel and an informational luncheon at the Governor’s mansion were improperly defined by Judge James Spencer as official acts.

Francisco says Judge Spencer did not allow jurors to be thoroughly questioned on whether they had formed an opinion on the case based on pretrial coverage.

McDonnell’s Appeal to be Heard May 12

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will appear before the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (5/12) as his attorneys argue that his conviction last September on corruption and bribery charges should be thrown out.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will have a half hour each to make their cases to the three-judge panel.

McDonnell’s lawyers say the decision could have far reaching implications making felons of countless elected officials nationwide and criminalizing the business of politics. A decision could take weeks or months.

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