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11:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Virginia Legislature Wrestles with Sexual Assault on Campus

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are far from consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

That was apparent at the end of a two-hour hearing Thursday by a Senate subcommittee wrestling with the issue.

The panel considered 10 bills, but was unable to reach any conclusions.

The flurry of legislation was spurred by several recent high-profile cases of alleged sex crimes on Virginia campuses.

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Local News
9:16 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Greek Suspension on Virginia Campus Challenged

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A national sorority advocacy group says the University of Virginia's suspension of Greek activities isn't the answer to resolving sexual assault and student safety issues.

The National Panhellenic Conference said Tuesday that it supports U.Va.'s plan to review the university's culture and practices and wants to be involved in addressing the issues. But the council says the suspension of sorority activities should be lifted.

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7:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Salisbury Teenager Convicted of School Rape

Jocori Scarborough
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18-year old Jocori Scarborough was convicted yesterday on all five counts involving the alleged rape of a 15 year old student on the campus of Parkside High School earlier this year.

In addition to second-degree rape a Wicomico County jury convicted him of false imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and threatening a student.

On Monday the victim, a student from Wicomico High School who took a class at Parkside High, testified that he forced her to have sex with him.

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Local News
9:48 am
Tue October 21, 2014

December Date for Execution of James Cooke Jr.

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James Cooke Jr. was given the date of December 4th for his execution in the 2005 rape and murder of Lindsay Bonistall.

But that date is expected to be delayed as Cooke pursues his appeals.

During the proceedings yesterday Superior Court Judge William Carpenter read out a brief statement yesterday informing Cooke of the date after the Delaware Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence.

Outside the courtroom Cooke’s attorney told reporters that he expects that his client will file a motion claiming that he had ineffective counsel.

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Local News
7:46 am
Wed June 4, 2014

University of Maryland System to Revamp Sexual Misconduct Policies

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland is updating policies on sexual misconduct, including assault and harassment, as the issue of rape on campus receives greater scrutiny from the federal government.

A Board of Regents committee is considering changes such as barring schools from requiring mediation between an alleged victim and the accused. Draft revisions also include an expanded definition of consent, and new definitions of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

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Local News
9:09 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Higher Bond for Suspect in Parkside High Rape Case

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A bond has been set again for 17-year old Jocori Scarborough who is charged with the alleged rape of a fellow 15 year old student at the Parkside High School.

Now it is higher at $250-thousand.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that if released he will be required to stay at his home in Delmar and can only leave to meet with his defense counsel.

In addition, Scarborough will not be allowed on the Parkside High campus or have any contact with the alleged victim.

The alleged rape is to have occurred in the hallway of the school on May 5th. 

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10:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Bond Revoked for Suspect in Parkside High School Rape Case

Jocori Scarborough
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Bond has been revoked for Jocori Scarborough the 17 year old who is charged with raping a 15 year old fellow student at Parkside High School.

He was taken into custody yesterday after Judge Daniel Mumford said he had just become aware of separate weapons possession charges by prosecutors against the teenager.

Scarborough was originally out on a $100-thousand bond stemming from the rape case.

In addition, he was also out on a $50-thousand bond for the weapons charges.

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8:17 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Gun Possession Charged Added Against Suspect in Parkside High Rape

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The student suspected in the rape of a 15 year old female student at Parkside High School in Salisbury now faces a gun possession charge.

17-year old Jocori Scarborough is charged with possessing a firearm by a minor.

It comes in connection with evidence found during a search conducted at his home in Delmar.

The Salisbury Daily Times now reports that Scarborough was taken into custody yesterday and was held on $50-thousand bond.

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Local News
8:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Surveillance Tape of Suspected Rapist at Parkside High

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Authorities say a school surveillance camera caught a 17 year old rape suspect grabbing a 15 year old female student in a hall at Parkside High School in Salisbury on Monday.

Sgt. David Owens with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says the suspect then forced the victim into an area that was not under surveillance and where he allegedly raped the young woman. 

Jocori Scarborough has been charged with first degree rape and assault among other charges…and is currently out on a $100-thousand bail.

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9:29 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Out on Bail: Update on Sexualt Assault Allegations at Parkside High

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17-year old Jocori Scarborough is out on bail after being charged with rape and assault counts involving a 15-year old student on the campus of Parkside High School in Salisbury.

Scarborough also a student at the school is being charged as an adult.

WBOC reports that he was released yesterday on a $100-thousand bond.  

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s office says that the incident occurred on Monday at around 8 a.m after classes had already gotten underway.

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2:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

17-Year Old Student Charged With Rape at Parkside High

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Maryland police have arrested a 17-year old student Jocori Scarborough for allegedly raping a 15 year old female student at Parkside High School in Salisbury.

Authorities say he has been charged as an adult with a series of first and second degree rape as well as other counts.

WBOC reports that the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says the alleged attack occurred yesterday.

Scarborough was taken into custody today and is being held on a $100-thousand bail.

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1:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Medical and Financial Records, Kept Under Wraps in Vance Phillips Case

Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips
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There will be no public disclosure of medical or financial documents in the sexual assault case brought against Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips by Katelynn Dunlap who is seeking unspecified damages.

The judge in the case has ordered her attorneys to keep those confidential including one that shows he was a crime victim.

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12:04 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Lack of DNA Testimony Could Be Appealed To High Court

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's public defender's office is seriously considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases involving rape convictions where DNA analysts' reports were used but the analysts themselves never testified.

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Delmarva Today
10:02 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Delmarva Today 8-24-12

Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, PAC 14

"Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption" recounts the 1984 rape case that sent Ronald Cotton to prison after mistakenly being identified by Jennifer Thompson.


Authors Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson.