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Sanctions motion too late, judge says

Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Dennis Hupp said the county board of supervisors waited too long to ask for sanctions against a former board candidate.

In a letter opinion and accompanying order last month, Hupp closed the case, declining to rule on the county’s sanctions motion against Mark Prince and his lawyer.  He held the county knew enough to ask for sanctions before he entered his earlier “final order,” so he would not consider the request afterward.

The county claims Prince improperly used a freedom of information lawsuit for political gain.  The action was dismissed with the consent of both parties before the election.

Both sides have objected to Hupp’s latest order.  More on the developments at the VLW Web site .

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