October 25, 2010
The former Commonwealth's Attorney for Floyd County, Virginia has agreed to a public reprimand with terms for disabling computer software (the hard drives) from three office computers as he was leaving his service the office. Two of the hard drives were too be used by the incoming Commonwealth's Attorney.
The attorney used public funds to purchase three new hard drives and asserted that he had destroyed the three that he had removed. He claimed that he was attempting to upgrade the three office computers. He did not save any of the removed information.
When the new Commonwealth's attorney took office, she was unable to access information on the office computers. She had the computers evaluated by experts, leading to charges of petit larceny and disabling computer software against the attorney. A special prosecutor handled the case, which resulted in a dismissal and expungement in exchange for a payment as reimbursement for the software. The attorney also was required to do community service.
The reprimand reflects that the conduct was disruptive to the transition to the new Commonwealth's Attorney and to the administration of justice.
Some details here from the Blue Ridge Muse. (Mike Frisch)
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