Jailed ex-Virginia lawmaker seeks to regain seat

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Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:09 PM
Jailed ex-Virginia lawmaker seeks to regain seat

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker who resigned after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary is fighting to get his seat back. But even if he succeeds, his colleagues in the House will probably try to kick him out again.

Disgraced former Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey has said that voters should have a chance to decide in Tuesday's special election whether he deserves to continue holding office. He was accused of having sex multiple times at his law office with a 17-year-old girl he hired as a receptionist.

Morrissey has vehemently denied the accusations, but entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

The Democrat is running as an independent in Tuesday's election.