RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has refused to dismiss bribery and extortion charges against a former Virginia legislator.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson rejected Phillip Hamilton's claim that the indictment fails to sufficiently outline any crimes. A jury trial is set for May 2.
Hudson also heard arguments Wednesday on Hamilton's motion to exclude from evidence emails between the former Newport News delegate and his wife. Hamilton claims the emails, which were stored on a Newport News public schools computer, were private and are protected by marital privilege. Hudson said he will rule on that issue Monday.
Hamilton was vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He is accused of soliciting Old Dominion University officials for a job as director of a teaching center established with state funding that he worked to secure.
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