Va. Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery, Extortion

Law360, New York (January 13, 2011, 5:39 PM EST) -- A former Virginia state lawmaker accused of trading state money for a university gig pled not guilty on Thursday to charges of bribery and extortion.

Phillip A. Hamilton, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, made his plea in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, denying he used his position on the powerful Appropriations Committee to deliver money to a teaching center at Old Dominion University in exchange for a role as the center's director.

The jury trial is set...
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