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Drug forfeitures to pay for prosecutor training

statesealcolorMoney from Virginia’s share of a $1.5 billion settlement of claims against pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories will help pay for training of prosecutors, the state attorney general’s office has announced.

$18 million will be set aside to generate interest to pay for continuing legal education of the state’s more than 700 prosecutors, according to a news release from the office. The CLE costs now are paid by local governments or from the pockets of individual prosecutors.

An additional $2 million will pay for equipment needs at prosecutors’ offices, the release said.

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys on Friday presented Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli with the organization’s “Champion of Justice” award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of commonwealth’s attorneys over the past two years.

In the 2012 settlement, Abbott pled guilty to a criminal charge and admitted civil liability for promoting the prescription drug Depakote for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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