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David Montgomery

David Montgomery

David Montgomery is a Stateline correspondent based in Austin, Texas, where he covers state government and politics.

‘Smash-and-grab’ robberies fuel new laws, but critics question the need

By: - December 20, 2023

Even before Virginia lawmakers passed a tough new law against organized retail crime earlier this year, Bradley Haywood, a public defender in Arlington, Virginia, challenged the rationale. The idea that retailers in the state had lost billions to organized theft was a myth manufactured by retailers themselves, Haywood argued. Now the outspoken lawyer has fresh […]