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Judge orders special prosecutor for bank robbery case

A special prosecutor will be appointed in a Suffolk bank robbery case because Commonwealth’s Attorney Phil Ferguson is on the board of directors of the victim bank.

Jim Grandfield, the public defender representing one of the suspects, alerted Circuit Court Judge Rodham Delk after learning of Ferguson’s connection to the bank, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

Ferguson’s own investigator had also been the first on the scene of the crime after the bank manager learned of the robbery.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Walton argued for the case to stay in Suffolk, claiming the situation was not an ethical violation.

Judge Delk, however, disagreed and ordered that the case be prosecuted by someone outside of the city.

4 comments

  1. Jim Grandfield

    In fairness to Mr. Ferguson, the factual assertions listed above are not accurate. Mr. Ferguson’s investigator was NOT first on the scene after the robbery. Police responded as normal on the day of the incident. An exploded dye pack , thought to be from the robbery, was found on the ground near the bank on a later date. It was at that time that the bank apparently notified Mr. Ferguson, who in turn sent his investigator. The investigator summoned police, who then collected the evidence.

  2. Jim Grandfield

    In fairness to Mr. Ferguson, the factual assertions listed above are not accurate. Mr. Ferguson’s investigator was NOT first on the scene after the robbery. Police responded as normal on the day of the incident. An exploded dye pack , thought to be from the robbery, was found on the ground near the bank on a later date. It was at that time that the bank apparently notified Mr. Ferguson, who in turn sent his investigator. The investigator summoned police, who then collected the evidence.

  3. Heather Harrell Buchanan

    Thank you for bringing clearity to inaccurate facts of the case.

  4. Heather Harrell Buchanan

    Thank you for bringing clearity to inaccurate facts of the case.

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