Tarp, on the basis of what you've told us (albeit one-sided), i am curious:
1. What were you charged with that you could face up to 40 years in jail?
2. On what basis or for what articulated reasons, that even after you've explained your actions and charges dismissed against you, GMU still deny your request for readmission? Being conservative does not mean being unreasonable.
3. Lastly, was your dismissal with or without prejudice? or was it part of the settlement that you agree to (For example, in exchange for dismissal, you are required to leave the state)?
While it is entirely possible that sheriff and local DA could be in cohoot with each other, however, given the one-sided nature of your story without GMU's and State of Virginia's side, you can not reasonable expect us to take your words for it.
As for Drexel, it certainly has a reputation in Philly for having solid programs that incorporate internship into an integrated curriculum that maximizes students' opportunities and GMU undergrad certainly has almost no reputation in NOVA. However, how is GMU (barely 70 years old) suppose to compete with UVA, W&M, and Washginton Lee (200+ years) in term of reputation and established network in perhaps the oldest state/colony in the union? Its like pitting juvenile with an adult in a steel cage match. Further, Drexel is a relatively estalished school with peer schools like Widner, Temple, Penn State that are pretty much in the same league. Of course it will have a better reputation, in relative terms.
Also, while GMU is known for its share of right wing nut like Karl Rove and Ken Cuccinelli, but it doesn't make GMU a diploma mill for fanatics the likes of Regent and Liberty University. Because if it is, then Yale could be call the same for its share of nut (John Yoo, John Ashcroft et al.).
While I agree that some Virginian are perhaps the most close minded and conservative people in the US, what state doesn't lack people like that? Just because some Virginian are as such, you can't reasonably characterize Virginians in general as such. Further, lets not forget that the last two governors and its current senators are rather progressive democrats.
Further, regarding speeding in Virginia, it is summon releasable---if i pull you over for speeding, i will write you a summon where you have two options:
1. you can prepaid the fine and forego your right to appear in court, or
2. you can appear in court to appeal.
Either way, there is no automatic jail sentence and there is no physical arrest (legally, if i write you a summon, you are under arrest. However, it is a releasable arrest where i can release you on the spot without ever taking you into a holding facility at a police station). I don't know about other state with respect to misdemeanor speeding; however, i do know if you are guilty of speeding in any state (without other charges that in combination, could rise to felony such as reckless endangerment and vehicular homicide), the consequences are always the same: you are not physically arrested, you are require to pay a fine, you will be given the right to appear in court or the right to waive court appearence, you will have that on your record, and your insurance premium will go up.
see http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ ... aspeed.htm
Thus, it appears that the "truth" you are posting sounds rather biased and your characterizations about Virginians in general are unreasonable; it makes an excellent one sided rant, but its just that. May the board of bar examiners of Pennsylvania have mercy on your legal soul.
In conclusion, my advice to anyone who read Tarp's post to reserve doubts about his sweeping generalizations for Virginia and GMU given his obvious biase.