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Former Sen. Puckett hires defense attorney

(AP) A former state senator whose recent resignation is being probed by the FBI has hired a former federal prosecutor to represent him.

Attorney Thomas J. Bondurant Jr. of Roanoke announced Friday that he is representing former Democratic Sen. Phillip Puckett.

Puckett resigned on June 9, a move that gave control of the state Senate to Republicans. At the time of his resignation, he was being considered for a high-level job at the Virginia tobacco commission. Following an uproar over his resignation, Puckett withdrew his name for the commission job.

Del. Terry Kilgore is chairman of the commission. He has also hired a former federal prosecutor to represent him, Roanoke lawyer Thomas Cullen. Kilgore has denied any wrongdoing.

In a news release Friday, Bondurant said it is “absolutely clear from a preliminary investigation that Mr. Puckett is a man of the highest integrity and has committed no criminal acts.”

Bondurant declined further comment.

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One comment

  1. Tom Is a very good choice.

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