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Vincent Martin

The Office of the State Inspector General “fell short” in its investigation of one of the Virginia Parole Board’s more controversial decisions last year, and the agency’s conclusions likely were influenced by the lead investigator’s “apparent bias,” a law firm hired by Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration said in a report released Monday.

Senior staff members in Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration questioned the power of Virginia’s watchdog agency to investigate the Virginia Parole Board during an ongoing investigation and reprimanded Inspector General Michael Westfall for how many investigations his office was conducting during a tense meeting last summer.

By Mark D. Obenshain

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