Tag: commonwealth’s attorney

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: Let’s disagree without becoming enemies

On Sept. 19, 1796, President George Washington published his farewell address, in which he extolled the virtues of republican government and warned about the...

Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter writes true-crime book about Charles Severance

By Missy Schrott | [email protected] Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter released “Alexandria Assassin: The Parable of the Knocker,” a true-crime book about the Charles Severance murders,...

Maryland man pleads guilty to murder of 20-year-old Alexandria resident

By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected] William Layton, 32, the Maryland man charged with the murder of 20-year-old Alexandria resident Diamond Moore in December 2018, pleaded...

Commonwealth’s attorney announces marijuana diversion program

By Missy Schrott | [email protected] The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney will implement a new diversion program for misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses, Commonwealth’s Attorney...

Man convicted for assault and hate crime against police officer

By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected] A jury convicted Robert Vaughn, 34, an Alexandria-resident, for assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, assault and battery...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: The mental health aspect of violence

Last month, I lamented the Virginia General Assembly’s inability to act on necessary gun-related legislation. Since that column went to press, our nation has...

“Werewolf murder” defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity

By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected] The Alexandria Circuit Court found Pankaj Bhasin, a New Jersey resident arrested for the murder of a man he believed...

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...

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...