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Ex-Culpeper Co. prosecutor seeks suit's dismissal

Tuesday - 2/12/2013, 12:36pm  ET

CULPEPER, Va. -- A former Culpeper County prosecutor is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit stemming from an overturned capital murder conviction.

The Culpeper Star-Exponent ( ) reports that Gary Close made the request in a recent response to the lawsuit.

Michael Hash of Culpeper filed the federal lawsuit in late December. The lawsuit claims Close and other defendants engaged in an effort to convict Hash even though there wasn't any credible evidence against him.

In his response, Close denied violating Hash's rights or acting with malice.

Close also is seeking immunity from the lawsuit, citing his former role as commonwealth's attorney.

Hash was convicted in 2001 for the 1996 slaying of 74-year-old Thelma D. Scroggins. He served 12 years of a life sentence before a federal judge overturned his conviction in February 2012.


Information from: Culpeper Star-Exponent,

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