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Crime commission opts not to back ‘sexting’ sanctions

The Virginia State Crime Commission heard options for making “sexting” a crime but refused to recommend legislation, calling the issue a “minefield.”

Currently, it’s up to commonwealth’s attorneys whether to charge those who send explicit pictures through text messages – usually teens or young adults – with possessing or transmitting child pornography.

Commission staff offered three options last week: leave the law as it is, make sexting a misdemeanor or exempt juvenile sexting from child pornography charges.

Most commission members said the issue was best left to the state’s 120 elected prosecutors.

The commission also disappointed children’s advocates by taking another year to study the transfer of juvenile offenders to the adult justice system.

The commission, which has studied the issue for three years, said it still needs more information. Del. David Albo, R-Fairfax, said that without more research, proposals to revamp the system have no chance of passing.

Lianne Rozzell says there’s also no chance children’s advocates will quit fighting for change. Rozzell is executive director of Families and Allies of Virginia’s Youth.

Advocates say reforms passed in the mid-1990s give prosecutors too much authority to try juveniles as adults. They say this puts juveniles at risk of assault in jail, increases their chances of re-offending, and disproportionately affects blacks.

While the commission is made up of several legislators, it only studies and recommends legislation.
Isaacs gets service award from state golfing group.

Richmond lawyer Steve Isaacs has received the annual Service to Golf award from the Virginia State Golf Association.

A winner of the Virginia Intercollegiate Golf Championship during his student days at the College of William and Mary, Isaacs has remained active as a competitor and as a promoter and administrator of the sport.

He developed and helped lead the SunTrust State Open of Virginia committee as well as helping the bylaws committee and tournament committee through his service on the VSGA board from 1997-2008. Isaacs continues to serve on the SunTrust State Open of Virginia committee and won the first two VSGA senior championships in 2008, the VSGA Senior Four-Ball and the VSGA Senior Stroke Play.

Isaacs has a solo practice in addition to being director of the character and fitness committee of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.

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