AG outlines legislative agenda

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s legislative agenda includes a measure that would that would allow an attorney general to proffer evidence of a defendant’s innocence, not just evidence of his guilt, in a criminal appeal.
The legislation — inspired by the case of Thomas Haynesworth, a  Richmond man who served 27 years after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault — is one of several legislative actions Cuccinelli will push for in  the 2013 General Assembly session.
Cuccinelli’s agenda also includes bills to address human trafficking, including a measure to make it a felony to solicit a minor for prostitution.
The attorney general also wants to cut in half the threshold to qualify to run in a presidential primary in the state, from 10,000 signatures to 5,000 signatures — a response to last spring’s disqualification of GOP candidates Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify.
Cuccinelli also wants to give Medicaid fraud investigators in his office subpoena power, make unauthorized and malicious access to an Internet account a criminal trespassing charge and require that mandatory minimum sentences run consecutively, not concurrently.

“This year, we are doing even more to fight the scourge of human trafficking, we are making it easier for those wrongly convicted to be freed, and we are increasing the ability of candidates to get on the ballot,” Cuccinelli said in a statement.