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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Paul B. Ebert
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II moved to withdraw his office Wednesday from prosecuting embezzlement charges against the former chef at the governor's mansion, citing an unspecified conflict of interest in the ongoing case.
A federal appeals panel seemed uncomfortable Monday with the notion of prohibiting a state court from retrying a capital murder defendant whose first conviction was overturned because of prosecutorial misconduct.
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.
An illegal immigrant who fatally struck a Benedictine nun while driving drunk was found guilty in Prince William County on Monday of felony murder — a case that sparked outrage in a county at the forefront of debates on local enforcement of federal immigration laws.
The man authorities call the "East Coast Rapist," who terrorized random women up and down the Eastern Seaboard for more than a decade, faced a judge Monday in the first of what is likely to be numerous sex-assault cases as investigators from Rhode Island to Virginia mix science and shoe leather to bring charges in one of the most terrifying crime sprees in recent history.
Mr. Ebert said he could remember past cases against illegal immigrants in which charges were dropped on the condition that the accused be deported — only to have them return soon afterward.
"I don't concern myself with the immigration status anymore," he said. "We have to enforce the laws whether they're illegal immigrants or not."