Va. Lawmaker Convicted Of Bribery, Extortion

Law360, New York (May 12, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT) -- Former Virginia legislator Phillip A. Hamilton was convicted Wednesday of bribery and extortion for allegedly trading state money for a job at Old Dominion University.

Hamilton, a former senior Republican in the Virginia House of Delegates, used his position on the Appropriations Committee to deliver $1 million in state money to a teaching center at ODU in exchange for a role as the center's director, according to prosecutors.

"Mr. Hamilton abused his political office for personal gain," Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said in a...
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