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Town to drop lawsuit against its prosecutor

The town of Culpeper wants to pull the plug on its lawsuit aimed at forcing Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Frederick to prosecute cases involving a controversial town police officer.

With Frederick’s election defeat this month, the town has moved for a nonsuit, court records indicate.

Frederick and her staff had refused to pursue cases involving police officer Matthew Haymaker saying they had concerns about his investigative methods.

Haymaker responded with a defamation and civil-rights lawsuit and the town asked for a special prosecutor to handle Haymaker’s cases. The town is now asking to withdraw its petition for a writ of mandamus.

Haymaker’s defamation and civil-rights lawsuit remains pending in federal court.

Frederick said in August she concluded Haymaker had used improperly “coercive” tactics in an interview with a 17-year-old robbery suspect.

Haymaker said he was cleared in an internal investigation.

Voters rejected Frederick’s re-election bid Nov. 3. Commonwealth’s Attorney-elect Paul Walther takes office Jan. 1.

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