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Portsmouth sheriff looks at legal options after dismissal of mayor’s case

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Portsmouth, Va. – Sheriff Bill Watson tells NewsChannel 3 he plans to file a complaint to the State Bar Association against the special prosecutor involved in Mayor Kenny Wright’s case.

“I’m going to file a complaint,” said Watson. “You better believe it.”

A judge dismissed a felony eluding charge along with an expired sticker charge on Monday. The special prosecutor in the case, Verbea Askew, said she moved to dismiss the charges because the mayor was driving slowly and there shouldn’t have been a chase at all.

Watson is upset he wasn’t called to testify. NewsChannel 3 reached out to Askew for comment, but a reporter hasn’t heard back. On Monday, she explained her rationale to reporters, saying an expired sticker is not a charge that someone can go to jail for, so the Sheriff shouldn’t have been pursuing him. Askew also said she has no connection with the mayor.

Sheriff Watson says the case isn’t personal. “I’m not going after the mayor or anybody else. I’m not trying to get revenge. The whole thing is I want justice,” he said.


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