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Virginia judge sanctions state Attorney General’s Office

October 22, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge sanctioned the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and ordered it to pay more than $7,500 after a law firm complained about being given incorrect information in a case.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2dxV4xi ) reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge John Anderson took the action last week after the firm complained. The firm, McGuireWoods, said it hired a court reporter and sent a lawyer from Charlottesville to a state prison in Waverly to question a corrections officer the Attorney General’s Office said was involved in an inmate assault case. But the officer wasn’t involved.

Anderson ordered that McGuireWoods be compensated, and both sides agreed on $7,674.36. A McGuireWoods spokesman says the firm is representing inmate James Raynor for free and the money will go to the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.

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