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Justice Matter with Bryan Porter: Conducting a review of policies

Prosecutors wield a significant amount of authority. We affect the community in a variety of ways, some obvious, others more indirect. Given the authority...

Judge declares mistrial in werewolf murder case

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com An Alexandria judge declared a mistrial on March 27 in the murder case of a man who claimed he thought...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: The benefits of our new treatment...

Our city has not escaped the ravages of the national opioid crisis. Heroin and related narcotics have made a huge and unfortunate comeback over...

Court clerk Ed Semonian steps down after 40 years

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com When Ed Semonian first ran for the circuit court clerk’s office in 1979, he did so reluctantly. He had retired...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: Mental health initiative helps all stakeholders

In January 2018, my office implemented our new Mental Health Initiative, a collaboration with a number of city agencies that aims to provide treatment...

LaBoy shooter rearrested

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com Kashif Bashir is behind bars again. Arrested for shooting Alexandria Police Officer Peter LaBoy in 2013, Bashir was found not guilty...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: Prosecutors should temper zeal with kindness

In the 2012 case of “Tuma v. Commonwealth,” the Virginia Court of Appeals made an important observation about the ethical responsibilities of prosecutors. In...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: Forensic evidence is difficult to collect

As I have noted in a previous edition of this column, acting as a juror in a criminal case can be a difficult proposition...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: How prosecutors handle their ‘gremlins’

In criminal cases, prosecutors do not get to choose their evidence. Every prosecutor would enjoy always having compelling forensic evidence and unimpeachable witnesses, particularly...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: Knowing your rights

Last Saturday, Alfred Street Baptist Church hosted a public forum entitled, “Know Your Rights.” The forum featured a three-person panel of lawyers discussing the...