Attorney General Says Loophole Change Will Take Time

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says lawmakers should take some time before changing a law that would provide universities with information about the criminal activity of some students.

He spoke in regard to a legal gap that prevented law enforcement from alerting the University of Virginia about previous convictions and charges murder suspect George Huguely faced.

Cuccinelli, a UVA alumnus, says he's well aware of the tragedy that claimed the life of Yeardly Love.

What UVA President John Casteen was not aware of was the violent past of the student who's charged with killing her.

In 2008, Huguely was charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication after an incident at a Lexington fraternity house. It took a Tazer gun to restrain him.

Questions now surface about changing the law so schools will know when students get in trouble.

"We can't change the law until next January. We ought to take the time to reflect on what has happened and to remember and memorialize and pray, and when it comes to the law as it affects this situation, it gives us the time to properly assess," says Cuccinelli.

Casteen has vowed to take up the issue with Gov. Bob McDonnell in the hope of getting the legal gap closed.

Cucinnelli says it could be a drawn out process.

"As we did after Virginia Tech, you know I'm a leader in mental health issues, we continued to adjust our laws to improve that situation, and we'll do the same thing based on what we tragically learn coming out of UVA," says Cuccinelli.

He says he will only seek to change the law if it can honestly be improved.


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