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Court says prosecutor has exposure to defamation claim (access required)

A newly elected commonwealth’s attorney who allegedly maligned a former staffer at a public gathering does not have prosecutorial immunity to the staffer’s defamation claim, the Supreme Court of Virginia decided this month. The justices’ ruling revives a lawsuit against former Dickenson County Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Seth Baker. The trial judge incorrectly applied a federal “absolute immunity” ...