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Prosecutor admonished over undisclosed evidence

A Fairfax County prosecutor received a public admonition yesterday from a Virginia State Bar three-judge discipline panel for allegedly withholding evidence about prosecution witnesses.

As The Washington Post reports, the judges rejected license suspension for Fairfax County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Sullivan, but admonished him for allowing two co-defendants to testify they were not offered any deals for fingering another man.

In fact, evidence showed Sullivan had agreed to reduce one charge and advise the sentencing judge about the pair’s cooperation.

Evidence of Sullivan’s silence about the deal resulted in a new trial for a man convicted in a 2009 robbery and abduction.

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