This Week, 9/11

It’s comforting to think that the law is the law, an impartial arbiter of right and wrong. But applying and enforcing our laws involves endless individual decisions. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania made the decision to prosecute DeAndre Harris, a teacher’s aide who worked with special education students at Venable Elementary and was brutally beaten […]

Tiki torch-carrying Unite the Righters marched through UVA Grounds August 11, 2017, and surrounded a small group of counterdemonstraters at the base of the Thomas Jefferson statue. (Photo: Zach D. Roberts/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

Burning questions: Why hasn’t the county prosecuted the torch marchers?

What kind of message does failing to prosecute white supremacists send? By Anne Coughlin To mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally, commentators took stock of the successful prosecutions of white supremacists who committed violence and spread hatred in Charlottesville. Such prosecutions are a measure of law enforcement’s commitment to punishing violent offenders, […]

This Week, 9/4

These days, when people talk about “innovation” or “entrepreneurship,” they’re often talking about tech. But the drive to experiment and create predates our digital age, of course, and it isn’t confined to code. On Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Ivar Aass of Spirit Lab Distilling, who’s brewing single malt whiskey and other delicious […]