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Jail attire focus at Levy trial

By Henri Cauvin

What exactly can you wear into Pamunkey Regional Jail in Central Virginia?

That was the question on tap this afternoon in D.C. Superior Court at the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with killing Chandra Levy.

Last week, Guandique's old prison cellmate, testifying for the government, said that that when an investigator for the defense showed up trying to interview him, the investigator, was wearing shorts and a "tight shirt."

The old cellmate, Armando Morales, made it clear that he thought the investigator's attire was intended to be provocative.

But as the defense began its case Wednesday afternoon, Santha Sonenberg of the D.C. Public Defender Service wasn't letting the implications of a long-imprisoned government cooperator stand.

So it was that Acting Capt. Nathan Webel, third-in-command at Pamunkey, in Hanover County, was on the witness stand explaining the facility's policy on visitor attire.

"No short, tight or revealing clothing," Webel explained

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines had her own questions for the jail boss. Like was he there when the investigator visited. No, he told her. And had he brought the a copy of the video that would have been taken of the investigator's arrival at Pamunkey. No, he told her again.

Sonenberg , though, brought Webel back to correctional fashion and the people who decide what does and what doesn't pass muster.

"They always err on the side of modesty above all else."

[The trial is now in break for the weekend. The defense began its case this afternoon, but one of its witnesses is in prison won't be available until Monday and then only by video feed.]

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By Henri Cauvin  | November 10, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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Twinkie defense?

Posted by: TonyManero | November 10, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Trollop defense.

Posted by: Georgetwoner | November 10, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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