Ex-Va. Lawmaker Loses Acquittal Bid In Bribery Trial

Law360, New York (May 5, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT) -- A federal judge denied former Virginia legislator Phillip A. Hamilton's motion for acquittal Thursday after the government rested its case accusing him of trading state money for a university job.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson turned aside Hamilton's Rule 29 motion, which allows a defendant to be acquitted after the close of all the evidence on any counts on which the judge deemed insufficient to sustain a conviction.

That ruling came on the fourth day of Hamilton's trial, set to continue Friday with the defense...
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