Virginia Lawmaker Wins Election From Jail
Well, there is a first for everything. Virginia lawmaker joseph Morrisey was locked up for a sex scandal surrounding a 17 year old girl. You have to hear how he was able to still win the special election for his old seat from behind bars:
A Virginia state delegate who resigned his seat due to a sex scandal involving a teenage staff member won a special election to regain his seat on Tuesday and will be sworn in Wednesday for the beginning of the legislative session.
Joseph Morrissey, an independent who previously served as a Democrat, won the special election over Republican Matt Walton and Democrat Kevin Sullivan.
Morrissey resigned in December after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, rather than face felony charges including possession of child pornography, indecent liberties with a minor and electronic solicitation of a minor.
The Virginia delegate entered the special election for his old seat from jail, campaigning during the daytime while wearing a monitoring device and spending his nights in Henrico county’s Regional Jail East.
He is the first Virginia lawmaker to win reelection while serving time in jail, Virginia House of Delegates Clerk G. Paul Nardo confirmed.
Morrissey was indicted in June 2014 for allegedly having sex multiple times with a 17-year-old girl in his law office, in addition to possessing a nude photograph of the minor and sending the photograph to a friend.
Police claim to have found the alleged photograph on Morrissey’s phone.