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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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FILE - This June 27, 2011 file photo shows Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who drew criticism for sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. The California judge has recused himself from making his first key decision in another sex case. The Mercury News reported Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 that Persky filed a statement saying that some people might doubt that he could be impartial. The judge is the target of a recall campaign after he sentenced a former Stanford swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman. (Jason Doiy/The Recorder via AP, File)

Judge in Stanford sex assault case to stop hearing criminal cases

The California judge who faced public scrutiny and a recall effort over his decision to hand down a six-month sentence to a Stanford University swimmer in a highly publicized sexual assault case has opted out of presiding over criminal cases. Published August 26, 2016

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington after a meeting with the Virginia congressional delegation on May 24, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Va. governor restores voting rights of 13,000 felons

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he has individually restored the voting rights of 13,000 felons, a move undertaken after the state Supreme Court rescinded a prior executive action that restored the right to vote en masse to more than 200,000 former inmates. Published August 22, 2016

Trousdale Turner Correctional Center is shown Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Hartsville, Tenn. Tennessee's newest prison has had to halt new admissions after just four months of full operation. A memorandum from a state prison official about the privately run facility says guards there do not have control of the housing units, aren't counting inmates correctly, and are sending them to solitary confinement for no documented reason. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) ** FILE **

Federal government to phase out use of privately run prisons

The Justice Department plans to curtail and eventually end the use of privately run prisons, with officials saying that such facilities do not offer significant cost savings and do not maintain the same level of safety and security as prisons run by the federal government. Published August 18, 2016

A U.S. soldier adjusts his colleague's helmet during a patrol mission in the town of Youssifiyah, Iraq. (Associated Press)

Prison inmates produced defective combat helmets for U.S. soldiers

Federal prison inmates used makeshift hatchets and a screw shoved through a piece of wood among other rudimentary tools to manufacture thousands of faulty Kevlar combat helmets designed to protect the lives of U.S. soldiers on the battlefield, according to a highly critical watchdog report that offered new details about the government boondoggle. Published August 17, 2016

Marijuana grows at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill., on Sept. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

DEA disappoints medical marijuana advocates with refusal to reclassify

The Obama administration has looked the other way as more than a dozen states enacted medical marijuana laws and five jurisdictions legalized the drug for recreational use, but when faced with what was likely its final chance during President Obama's tenure to loosen federal restrictions on the medicinal use of the drug, the administration has chosen to puff, puff, pass. Published August 11, 2016

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered in July near his Washington, D.C. home. Image via the late Mr. Rich's LinkedIn profile.

Family of slain DNC staffer calls for end to conspiracy talk

The family of a slain Democratic National Committee staffer is asking the public to stop politicizing the 27-year-old's death, saying the conspiracy theories and speculation spread online are "causing more harm than good." Published August 10, 2016

In this April 29, 2015, file photo, police stand in formation as a curfew approaches in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

DOJ slams Baltimore police for bias, excessive force: 'Deeply eroded' community relations

Baltimore police officers unconstitutionally stopped and searched residents, disproportionately targeted black residents and frequently resorted to physical force during interactions that didn't warrant it -- actions that undermined trust between the department and the community, according to a scathing Justice Department report released Wednesday. Published August 10, 2016

Because John Hinckley Jr. was never convicted of a felony, he has never had his right to vote revoked on those grounds. Mr. Hinckley was sent for mental health treatment after he shot and injured Reagan and three other men in 1981.

Hinckley, Reagan's would-be assassin, likely to cast ballot after settling in Virginia

The conditions of John Hinckley Jr.'s full-time release from a psychiatric hospital after a three-decade long commitment are a laundry list of dos and don'ts meant to help him assimilate into society — he can't own a gun, he must work or volunteer three days a week, and he can't have any overnight guests while staying alone at his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia. Published August 9, 2016