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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Caroline Gibson
A Northern Virginia man sentenced to death a decade ago in a high-stakes murder-for-hire scheme could be a step closer to freedom.
The office of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has declined to seek further review from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel said last month that a Chantilly man sentenced to death in 2002 should be exonerated because the prosecution improperly sat on evidence discrediting a key witness.
Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II was one of just three state attorneys general who did not sign onto a letter urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act - a decision that is now placing Virginia's top prosecutor squarely in the middle of another politically charged debate.
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Cuccinelli spokeswoman Caroline Gibson said the attorney general's office often receives requests from the association to sign on to support letters for federal legislation.
Ms. Gibson pointed out that, despite the office's policy, Mr. Cuccinelli is committed to helping fight domestic violence, implementing grant programs and other initiatives such as Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program, which donates cellphones to local shelters for victims.