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Baugh leaving capital defender job

The capital defender for the central region of Virginia, David Baugh, has quit the post, according to reports.

On his Facebook page, Baugh alludes to a “humiliating” event on Thursday, using the word “betrayed,” and states, “I have resigned as capital defender and am returning to private practice.”

Efforts to reach Baugh were unsuccessful. WTVR reported that it confirmed Baugh’s resignation through his friends.

Baugh was appointed capital defender in 2008. He had a private criminal defense practice from 1983 to 2008. He received the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award in 2006. Virginia Lawyers Weekly honored him as a “Leader in the Law” in 2008.

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