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Published on Sep 3, 2013
The Cuccinelli for Governor Campaign today released its latest television ad, "Justice." The ad highlights how the attorney general personally took on the case that ultimately exonerated Thomas Haynesworth, a man who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Ken Cuccinelli: In late 2010, a Democrat Commonwealth's Attorney told me that he had this case that he though I should take a look at.
And he said, "Look, I think this guy might be innocent."
Thomas Haynesworth: I never thought that the Attorney General himself would be involved in a case like this.
Ken Cuccinelli: After going through all of the evidence, I was convinced that Thomas Haynesworth was innocent. And I took that case on myself.
Thomas Haynesworth: He didn't have to get involved. But he said an injustice was done and he was trying to correct it.
News Anchor #1: Thomas Haynesworth was released from prison this week.
News Anchor #2: Convicted on several rape charges despite his innocence.
News Anchor #3: Spent 27 years behind bars for crimes he did not commit.
Ken Cuccinelli: The Attorney General's job is not convictions. It's justice. And today, we got justice.