By Preston Knight -- firstname.lastname@example.org
HARRISONBURG -- A federal judge granted bond to former Winchester Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Thomson and his assistant on witness tampering charges Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Thomson, now a Winchester attorney, and his assistant, Nannette Susan Boden, were arrested Monday and held without bond at separate jails because they tested positive for drugs.
They were charged with one count of conspiring to tamper with evidence and to alter documents to influence a federal drug investigation. Judge James G. Welsh ordered bond for both on Thursday.
Thomson, 56, was granted a $50,000 secured bond from the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange, while Boden, 35, was granted a $5,000 secured bond from the Rockingham County Jail.
Thomson, however, still tested positive for cocaine on Thursday, and Welsh said before granting bond, he would not release anyone until drug tests came back totally clean.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Grayson Hoffman argued against offering Thomson bond, claiming that the attorney posed a risk to himself, others and the judicial system.
Since Thomson's arrest, authorities have uncovered "substantial" additional evidence of the attorney engaging in a variety of obstruction of justice offenses, Hoffman said.
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