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U.Va. student who admitted false claim gets degree

Saturday - 1/14/2012, 12:52pm  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A University of Virginia law student who acknowledged he made up allegations of racial profiling by campus police has received his law degree.

Johnathan Perkins was weeks from graduation last May when he claimed in a letter that U.Va. police had mistreated him.

A university news release later announced that Perkins had admitted to lying about the alleged police mistreatment.

Under U.Va.'s honor code, lying is among the offenses carrying the sole punishment of permanent expulsion.

But U.Va. School of Law Dean Paul Mahoney says Perkins was later acquitted of the honor charge by a jury of fellow students, according to the Daily Progress of Charlottesville ( http://bit.ly/yvsoTQ).

Mahoney says any state bar that Perkins applies to will be informed of the honor charge.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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