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Grand Jury Investigating Hamilton's ODU Job

Anita Kumar

The Virginian-Pilotand the Daily Press are reporting that a federal grand jury served the Newport News school system with a subpoena and search warrant involving Del. Phil Hamilton's former job at Old Dominion University.

Hamilton, who works for the school system, used his e-mail account to negotiate a job offer with ODU before securing state money for the school, according to e-mails released by the university a couple of weeks ago.

"I welcome the inquiry and it is my hope that it will be completed swiftly,'' Hamilton said In an e-mail to reporters last night. "I am sure that the investigation will confirm my innocence, and I look forward to continuing my service to the people of Newport News and James City County."

Hamilton has refused to step down despite calls for his resignation -- even from leaders of his own party, including Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling.

No word yet on whether ODU or the House of Delegates were subpoenaed.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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