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Prosecutor facing discipline action

The Virginia State Bar is pursuing ethics charges against a prosecutor and her former assistant who are accused of coaching a witness in a 1997 death penalty case. The decision to refer the matter to VSB’s disciplinary board could quiet claims that bar ethics investigators have turned a blind eye to alleged misconduct by prosecutors.

The Virginia Gazette reports York County Commonwealth Attorney Eileen Addison and Newport News attorney Cathy Krinick have been notified of charges including “engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

In 2008, a circuit court judge commuted Daryl Atkins’ death sentence to life in prison after hearing evidence of the alleged witness coaching prior to his capital murder trial.

By Peter Vieth

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