Tag: commonwealth’s attorney

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...

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...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: Real world forensics versus the TV...

By Bryan Porter A prosecutor preparing a case has a very real conundrum to consider: How to deal with jurors who harbor unreasonable expectations about...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: Circumstantial evidence is crucial for prosecutors

By Bryan Porter Imagine reading an advertisement for a job that described the requirements of employment thusly: “The successful candidate will be given no formal training...

Our View: It’s time to change the law

The monthly column by Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter has been a terrific addition to the Times’ opinion pages. Porter has helped us understand...

Man who shot an Alexandria police officer in the head released

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com How does a father tell his 9-year-old son that the man who shot him in the head will walk free? Former...

Alexandria resident dies after Sunday assault

By Alexa Epitropoulos | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com An Alexandria resident died on March 28 from injuries suffered three days earlier, allegedly at the hands of his brother, the...

Justice Matters: Opioid addiction and the criminal justice system

By Bryan Porter One of the many unfortunate responsibilities that falls upon my office is that of receiving and reviewing the reports of the Office of...