More than 40 VA prosecutors join opposition to McAuliffe’s restoration of rights order

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WISE COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – A group of Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys are taking an executive order from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the state’s Supreme Court.

The Wise County and City of Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp is joining more than 40 Commonwealth’s Attorneys in opposing the order which restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 convicted felons in Virginia.

According to a news release, the other rights and privileges restored to convicted felons under the order?along with the?right to vote, includes the right to serve on a jury, to hold public office and to act as a notary public.

The brief also makes several legal arguments that the governor’s action is “unconstitutional and hinders Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ ability to discharge their duties.”

The following is a statement issued from Slemp Friday:

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