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Charges against Hopewell official dismissed

Thursday - 9/20/2012, 9:22am  ET

HOPEWELL, Va. - Conflict of interest charges against a Hopewell city councilwoman have been dismissed.

Councilwoman Brenda S. Pelham was accused of failing to disclose her employment with the city school system prior to voting on school matters before the council in 2010.

Pelham was indicted on 13 conflict of interest counts in May 2011. She pleaded no contest to three counts in September 2011. But the judge made no finding and continued those charges. In exchange for her plea, the other 10 counts were dismissed.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( says Hopewell Circuit Court Judge Samuel E. Campbell dismissed the remaining counts Wednesday. Special prosecutor Michael Herring requested the dismissal because Pelham had abided by the terms of the plea agreement.

Pelham's attorney, Homer Eliades, says he'll seek to have her record cleared.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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