McDonnell will consider changing state law following U.Va. killing
A day after meeting with University of Virginia President John Casteen, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) vowed on Good Morning America to consider changing state law next year to help prevent murders like that of 22-year-old U.Va. lacrosse player Yeardley Love.
"We're having our staff look at what legal changes we might make in the General Assembly next year -- if there are violent records of folks that happen off campus that we can learn from and get that information to the administrators," McDonnell said in an interview Wednesday morning.
But McDonnell sidestepped a question from host George Stephanopoulos about whether U.Va. had done all it could to prevent Love's death.
"There's still things going on there, George, that we're learning,'' McDonnell said. But he added later: "There are few instances (of violence) that we've seen at U.Va. They do a good job overall."
U-Va. lacrosse player George Huguely was charged in the death of Love, who was his former girlfriend. Huguely had previously been arrested and involved in violent altercations, at least one known to his lacrosse coach.
McDonnell talked about the how all students, parents and staff need to better job of reporting to police or administrators questionable behavior if they see it.
"It brings the broader question of all of us in society -- if we see things that look wrong of strange behavior or violoent behavior to really be more involved, to be our brother's keeper, to report that to the appropriate authorities...Can other people intervene (if) they see things they know they aren't right and maybe this could have been prevented."
McDonnell also declined to answer a question about whether Huguely should face the death penalty. "That's a question for the Charlottesville prosecutor."
Casteen met with McDonnell Tuesday to ask him to change state law so college officials would be notified if students are arrested.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli also met separately with Casteen to begin talking about how to provide colleges access to the records of their students, Cuccinelli's spokesman Brian Gottstein said.
Gottstein said Cuccinelli will be working with McDonnell to try to come up with a solution that takes privacy considerations and the resources of law enforcement agencies into account.
May 12, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell | Tags: George Huguely, George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America, Lacrosse, University of Virginia, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
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