Since then, and especially in the aftermath of the American Civil War, 49 of the 50 states have waived their own sovereign immunity. This means that, for example, if you get hit by a truck driven by an employee of New York State, you can sue the state for injuries.
However, if that truck was driven by an employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Commonwealth is immune from suit, especially if the truck driver did not hit you by accident but rather ran you down with intent to kill you.
Because of being shielded from any sort of prosecution, Virginias officials know that they can commit criminal acts and therefore often do so. The court and judicial system of Virginia shields them from any sort of prosecution.
It is for this reason that Virginia officials have even been so bold as to venture into other states, kidnap children and bring them to Virginia. The parents of the kidnapped children never get them back.
If the child on her own runs away and escapes to another state, as Sara Wilson did a few weeks ago, Virginia officials then invoke the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution and the interstate compact and have the child extradited back, even though the child has no family members in Virginia. (Sara Wilson is still hiding out in Queens and has eluded capture thus far.)
When they kidnap children from other countries, as they did in the case of my daughter, Virginia officials have the best of all possible worlds, because they do not represent a country and therefore do not have to obey international law, and yet they are shielded by sovereign immunity from being prosecuted under US law as well.
Virginia even elected a known cocaine dealer, Charles Robb, to the United States Senate.
Here is a story about people who have been killed by corrupt Virginia State officials, and their families have no recourse: Virginia Psychiatric System Investigated. In it, an official of the "Commonwealth" which kidnapped my daughter from Abu Dhabi says: "We don't want the feds continuing to come into Virginia and tell us how to run our facilities''.