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York prosecutor exonerated in ethics case

A three-judge disciplinary panel Monday found no evidence of improper witness coaching against York County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eileen Addison. After hearing the case presented by Virginia State Bar lawyers, the panel dismissed misconduct charges that arose from a 1996 capital murder case, reports the Daily Press.

The ruling ends what had been scheduled as a three-day hearing at the York County courthouse. A similar hearing had been scheduled in August for Addison’s former assistant, Cathy Krinick of Newport News. Addison and Krinick had been accused of coaching a co-defendant to present more credible testimony against Darryl Atkins, who was ultimately convicted of the robbery and murder of a serviceman.

The accusations against Addison and Krinick became a focal point for criminal defense lawyers who complained the VSB often overlooked complaints of prosecutorial misconduct.

By Peter Vieth

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