Via the Virginian-Pilot, score one for the good guys:
Former state Del. Phil Hamilton could face as many as 30 years in prison after his conviction today on bribery and extortion charges for parlaying his power as a senior lawmaker into a job at Old Dominion University.
…Hamilton, 59, was convicted of soliciting the ODU job in exchange for securing $500,000 in state funds to launch the center in the 2007 General Assembly. ODU terminated the relationship after it became public knowledge in 2009. Hamilton was defeated for re-election that fall after 21 years in the House of Delegates.
Worst of all, Hamilton’s attorney is blaming the conviction on the fact that all of those stupid voters have suddenly become angry toward politicians:
Hamilton’s attorney, Andrew Sacks, said he will appeal and was shocked by the verdict. He attributed it to the current public mood, which he said is “very distrustful of public officials. I think that spilled over into this case.”
Hamilton is a Republican. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
And shame on Old Dominion University.