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McDonnell will consider changing state law following U.Va. killing

Anita Kumar

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."

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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.

By Anita Kumar  |  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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Comments

The real help would be creating a class of protective orders in VA that does not require proof of stalking, cohabitation, relationship by blood or marriage, or a child in common.

Posted by: lydandy | May 12, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

This is grandstanding, and I wish Casteen wouldn't play along. Until universities go back to asserting some control over students by keeping them on campus, what they know about what students do off campus will do no good.

Posted by: jlhare1 | May 12, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If you want real change, then change the frat-boy-jock culture of entitlement that encourages drunken binges and degrades all women. Stop excusing college students from their responsibilities as adults both on and off campus. Get serious about drug abuse(this includes alcohol) and work towards a university culture that promotes safety and respect for all and does not tolerate violence, threats of violence,racism, sexism or homophobia.

Posted by: lsf07 | May 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Burlington, Vermont already has this figured out. Every day the University/Colleges get a list of the students busted in the town and surrounding counties. They were talking about taking it state wide, so it can be done. The advantage of the School getting such a list is that any trouble is handled from the top down, rather than kept within the autonomy of the locker room. Any player who thinks his s**t doesn't stink would change his mind pretty quickly if he is called into the Dean's Office instead of Coach"s.

Posted by: lkplacdlax | May 12, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Burlington, Vermont already has this figured out. Every day the University/Colleges get a list of the students busted in the town and surrounding counties. They were talking about taking it state wide, so it can be done. The advantage of the School getting such a list is that any trouble is handled from the top down, rather than kept within the autonomy of the locker room. Any player who thinks his s**t doesn't stink would change his mind pretty quickly if he is called into the Dean's Office instead of Coach's.

Posted by: lkplacdlax | May 12, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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