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Committee defers action on Bennett Barbour claim bill

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:45 pm | Updated: 6:30 am, Thu Jan 24, 2013.

The family of the late Bennett Barbour attended a Senate Finance Committee meeting today on behalf of legislation to compensate the Charles City County man for being wrongfully imprisoned for a rape in 1978 that he did not commit, but they left without speaking or seeing action on their claim.

The Finance Committee deferred action on the $162,844 claim, sought by Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, until it can be considered by a subcommittee on Friday. The subcommittee met on the issue last week but made no recommendation.

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