By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
A Virginia man convicted of plotting to detonate a suicide bomb at the U.S Capitol was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed under a plea deal he struck.
The last of five arrested Fairfax County gang members pleaded guilty on Tuesday to recruiting and exploiting at least eight girls in a Fairfax-based sex-trafficking ring.
A former firefighter has settled with Fairfax County over a high-profile sexual harassment case that included charges that the woman's recruitment officer asked during her interview if she "enjoyed being watched while she had sex."
A federal judge has blocked Prince William County's pursuit of information on the more than 4,000 criminal illegal immigrants the county has turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement since implementing its controversial crackdown in 2007.
Federal prosecutors appealed a judge's ruling that prompted howls of protest from advocates of campaign-finance reform when he declared the law that bans corporate contributions to federal candidates is unconstitutional.
A judge has ruled that the campaign-finance law banning corporations from making contributions to federal candidates is unconstitutional, citing the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision last year in his analysis.
In a precedent-setting case, a Falls Church man was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for lying to authorities about his participation in a militant training camp in Pakistan after prosecutors successfully argued that his lies obstructed a wide-ranging terrorism investigation.
Judge Cacheris said corporations such as Galen enjoy the same right to make contributions as individuals under last year's landmark Citizens United ruling from the Supreme Court.
"For better or worse, Citizens United held that the First Amendment treats corporations and individuals equally for purposes of political speech," Judge Cacheris wrote. "This leaves no logical room for an individual to be able to donate $2,500 to a campaign while a corporation like Galen cannot donate a cent."