Cuccinelli Seeks to Exonerate Man Convicted of Rape in 1978

May 2, 2012

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is asking the Virginia Supreme Court to exonerate a James City County man wrongfully convicted of rape in 1978.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports that Cuccinelli asked the court on Tuesday to expedite a writ of actual innocence for 56-year-old Bennett S. Barbour.

Barbour's lawyers with the University of Virginia School of Law's Innocence Project Clinic requested the writ in March.

Barbour was convicted of raping a College of William and Mary student in Williamsburg. DNA tests conducted in 2010 on material from the case didn't find Barbor's DNA. The tests identified the DNA of another man, James Moses Glass Jr.

Glass is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 22.

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