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2014 trial set for Culpeper misconduct lawsuit

Monday - 4/8/2013, 7:17am  ET

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) -- A trial is scheduled next year for a lawsuit filed by a man whose capital murder conviction in Culpeper County was overturned.

Michael Hash is suing the Culpeper County sheriff, a former prosecutor and several others.

The Culpeper Star-Exponent (http://bit.ly/10I2geR ) reports that the case is scheduled to go to trial in April 2014 in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville.

The 31-year-old Hash was 15 when 74-year-old Thelma D. Scroggins was killed in 1996. He was convicted in 2001.

He served 12 years of a life sentence before U.S. District Court Judge James Turk overturned his conviction in 2012. Turk cited police and prosecutorial misconduct.

Hash's lawsuit claims the defendants engaged in a concerted effort to convict him, even though there wasn't any credible evidence against him.

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Information from: Culpeper Star- Exponent, http://www.starexponent.com


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