RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former Virginia legislator has emphatically denied that he took a bribe to arrange funding for a teacher training center at Old Dominion University.
Phillip Hamilton of Newport News testified Monday in his bribery and extortion trial in federal court in Richmond. The 59-year-old Hamilton is accused of using his position as vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 2007 to obtain $500,000 in state money for the ODU center in exchange for a job as its director.
Asked by his attorney if he solicited the job as a condition of his funding efforts, Hamilton firmly said: "Absolutely not."
Hamilton, a longtime educator, held the part-time, $40,000-per-year position for two years before news reports about the arrangement prompted his resignation. He also lost his re-election bid.
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