RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Supreme Court says the state’s compulsory school attendance law doesn’t require parents to get their kids to class on time. In a 5-2 ruling Friday, the court reversed the convictions of a divorced mom in Loudoun County who whose three children were repeatedly tardy. The court’s majority concluded that the compulsory attendance law only requires that children be enrolled. The justices said other provisions of the code deal with truancy. Maureen Anne Blake has custody of her children on Wednesday nights and is responsible for getting them to school on Thursday mornings. They were up to 20 minutes late 10 times over four months. Blake told school officials she and one of the children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and that’s why they were often tardy.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Saturday is the final day to vote absentee in person in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Elections had received about 95,000 absentee votes as of Friday morning. Department spokeswoman Rose Mansfield said the department mailed out about 113,000 absentee ballots to voters who requested them. The deadline for voters to mail in their absentee ballots was Oct. 28. Virginia allows voters to cast ballots absentee only if they meet at least one of the 19 different qualifying reasons, such as traveling for business on Election Day or being incarcerated while awaiting trial. Voters wishing to vote absentee can do so at their local general registrar’s office, whose hours vary.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ An attorney for the man accused of kidnapping University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is asking that his client undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Attorney James Camblos made the request Friday at an arraignment for Jesse Matthew in Fairfax County Circuit Court, where Matthew’s charged in an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago. The 32-year-old Matthew was indicted earlier this month on charges including attempted capital murder in connection with a September 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax. Authorities have said the assault was linked by DNA to the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Fairfax authorities charged Matthew shortly after authorities linked the Harrington case to Graham’s abduction. The 18-year-old Graham’s remains were found in mid-October.