- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2002

RICHMOND (AP) A Richmond Circuit Court judge has been charged with shoplifting a $12.95 book from a shopping mall bookstore.
Judge Learned D. Barry, a former prosecutor who has been on the bench for about a year, turned himself in late Monday after an investigation into the incident last Wednesday at Tower Books at the Shops at Willow Lawn in suburban Henrico County.
Judge Barry, 52, was charged with the misdemeanor and released on his own recognizance.
He could not be reached for comment, but his attorney, Craig S. Cooley, said in a written statement that there are extenuating circumstances.
"Judge Barry is a very good man and a superb jurist, and we look forward to a resolution of the situation," the attorney said.
Mr. Cooley said Judge Barry would continue working while the case is pending.
Henrico Police Chief Henry W. Stanley Jr. said Judge Barry is accused of stealing a book valued at $12.95. Chief Stanley could not recall the book's title, but said it was "just a general-interest type of book."
Chief Stanley said the charge against Judge Barry was based on a witness account. The police chief said the store does not have an alarm system at the front door that activates when a customer passes through the device without paying for merchandise.
Before his appointment to the bench last year, Judge Barry was a deputy commonwealth's attorney in Chesterfield County. He also has been a prosecutor in Richmond and special counsel to a multijurisdictional grand jury that covers Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover.


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