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Va. Attorney General hires convict claiming innocence

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office has hired a man who served nearly three decades in prison for at least one rape he didn’t commit.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 46-year-old Thomas E. Haynesworth began working last week in the office’s mailroom and supply room as an office technician.

Haynesworth was convicted of two rapes and an abduction in 1984. The Virginia Supreme Court exonerated him of one rape in 2009 after DNA tests cleared him. No biological evidence exists in the remaining crimes.

Haynesworth has asked the Virginia Court of Appeals to clear him of the other crimes. Cuccinelli and prosecutors in the two jurisdictions where the crimes occurred support his bid for exoneration.


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