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Posted February 21, 2011 | comments 1 Comment

*Judge rejects Thomson bid to reclaim iPad

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

HARRISONBURG -- An iPad seized by authorities investigating local attorney Paul H. Thomson must stay in federal hands, a judge ordered Sunday.

Judge James P. Jones denied a motion filed by Thomson's attorneys on Friday seeking to inspect the device for signs investigators may have searched the iPad before allowed to by the court. The motion sought the return of the iPad after such an inspection, which Jones also denied.

Thomson, 56, of Winchester, remains free on bond while charged with evidence and witness tampering as well as possession of cocaine. Authorities have accused the former Winchester chief prosecutor and his legal assistant, Nannette S. Boden, with trying to influence a federal drug investigation of defendants. Boden, 35, also of Winchester, is charged with tampering and distribution of cocaine.

Investigators seized Thomson's iPad after his arrest Jan. 10.

Thomson's attorneys, John F. Flannery II and J. Benjamin Dick, sought to inspect the device to confirm or deny whether investigators searched the iPad before Friday. Jones had barred investigators from executing a search warrant on the device to allow the defense time to file for relief against such action.

Also on Sunday, Jones gave federal prosecutors until Wednesday to respond to an omnibus motion filed Friday by the defense in which the attorneys ask for notice of the government's intent to use evidence at trial.

The attorneys also asked for specific evidence, a bill of particulars, a protective order and a timely disclosure of other exculpatory material.

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