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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Judge mulling release of Love's records

By Steve Yanda

A Charlottesville judge ruled Wednesday morning that the medical records of Yeardley Love, a former University of Virginia women's lacrosse player who was slain in May, will remain sealed until he reviews them and determines whether they are relevant.

Attorneys for George Huguely, the former UVa. men's lacrosse player who has been charged with first degree murder in Love's death, are seeking Love's medical records.They have requested records from the university's department of student health and athletic department, as well as from the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad, with the hope of challenging the official cause of death. Medical examiner William Gormley ruled that Love, 22, of Cockeysville, Md., died of blunt force injury to the head.

Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman opposed the release of Love's medical records, saying it would allow the defense to go on a "fishing expedition" into her health history. Love's mother, Sharon, submitted a letter to the court opposing the release.

Huguely, 22, of Chevy Chase, waived his right to appear in court Wednesday. He remains in a Charlottesville jail cell. A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled for Jan. 21.

By Steve Yanda  | December 15, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Virginia  
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Georgie will have the best defense money can buy..but he is still a murdering S @ B !

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 15, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

That's right, blame the victim. Classic defense move.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 15, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that the way it always works? "SHE was asking for it."

Posted by: mbrumble | December 15, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to show Mr. Huegley that he can and will get the death penalty for beating Ms. Love to death. If this was not a rich kid, he would have been indicted and everyone in Virginia would be talking about fighting crime and stopping violence. Mr. Huegley and his family deserve to be treated like everyone else. He needs to die.

Posted by: HelloNewman53 | December 15, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

HelloNewman53

Correction, if this was not a rich white kid.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 15, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Ah, so Huguely's lawyers want to be able to tell their PAID medical expert exactly what to "interpret" in order to exonerate their client. Aren't unlimited financial resources grand?

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | December 15, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse


We can only pray that George Huguely is murdered with a shank in prison.

Posted by: kenk33 | December 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I just wonder what they expect to find. "Oh no, see she was born with that massive blunt force trama to the head. It was the doctor's fault...they pulled too hard with the forecips! Yeah, that's it. Sue her mother's Ob/Gyn!"

Posted by: akchild | December 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

If George Huguely were a person of color (and considering it is a white woman who died), he probably would have been charged with 1st degree murder and the prosecutors would be asking for the death penalty, particularly considering that the crime was committed in Virginia.

Posted by: bhjr | December 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

If George Huguely were a person of color (and considering it is a white woman who died), he probably would have been charged with 1st degree murder and the prosecutors would be asking for the death penalty, particularly considering that the crime was committed in Virginia.

Posted by: bhjr | December 15, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This guy should be tried in Prince William County, he would then be tried for the murder and the death penalty would be on the table. It should not matter that she may have had some sort of condition which made it more likely that she would die when some vicious sociopath repeatedly slammed her head against the wall. He saw her bleeding, stole her computer, and left her to die.

Posted by: GoMason | December 15, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

bhjr - some of the counties in VA are less likely to go for the death penalty and UVA is in one of those counties.

Posted by: GoMason | December 15, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I find it really unsavory that the defense is attempting to fabricate some other cause for this woman's death other than the actions of the defendant.
From what I've read on the case it was a steady escalation of events that eventually resulted in her death by this guy.
Like laying his hands on a woman isn't bad enough now his defense team is trying to make him out to be some poor innocent schmuck who just happened to be stalking her when she died and isn't to blame.
Be a man and admit what you did.
If this ends up a plea agreement he'd better be facing a LONG sentence before eligible for parole.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I can only hope and pray that this fat, conceited, spoiled punk's family will spend their money into destitution only to see Georgie shanked in the yard the day before he is hsot full of drugs in the death chamber. That way, everybody gets some satisfaction.

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | December 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The Virginia prosecutor in this case is in such a quandary: he faces a rich white, educated male suspect,such as George Huguely IV, where the evidence so overwhelming indicates that he murdered a rich white, educated female victim. The prosecutor's problem is this: No rich white male has ever been found guilty, sentenced to death and actually executed for killing a rich white educated woman. This is an accepted unspoken rule in the criminal justice system throughout this country.

This case would have been a slam dunk had the suspect been a poor black uneducated male with an appointed public defender (read best selling protest novel by Nathan Wright titled "Native Son" for further exposition on this matter) to represent him. Even a rich black educated male would face charges of capital murder.

The public is wasting its time that this young man such as George Huguely will ever face a sentence of death. He's got so much money to pay his lawyers and their investigators and expert witnesses to conceive of every defense angle. His mother early on released a statement where she said that "she would do anything to help her son". This means spend lots of money, pull out all the contacts and put a favorable word in and pressure on the prosecutors to save her son.

Sure George Huguely IV will do time, but it won't be much and he certainly won't get the death penalty because he's a rich white educated man.

Posted by: concernedcitizen52 | December 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Read best-selling protest novel by Richard Wright titled "Native Son" to get an idea how the prosecutors would handle the George Hughely IV criminal case if he was a poor black uneducated male.

Posted by: concernedcitizen52 | December 15, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Posted by: mconfoy | December 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I think that the operative word is rich. If you have the money you can get away with murder. I just hope that it will not be the case for George Huguely, isn't he still being held without bond since Love's death? I see that as a good sign, don't the wealth normally get bond? Or is it because he is a flight risk?

Posted by: GoMason | December 15, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

He will be judged by the Lord.
Money cannot sway His judgement.

Posted by: McNabbfan | December 15, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

How much better the world would be if there were no lawyers.......The scum of the earth!

Posted by: curiousGeorge4 | December 16, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

The headline should have read: Desperate Rich White Boy with Scumbag Attorneys Blame Victim for Her Death. Hopefully he will be abused in jail/prison until his execution in seven years.

Posted by: cemea | December 16, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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