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Failed Defense Strategy: Fake Death Certificate

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In 2007, with 9 prior convictions, Rodney Newsome of Manassas was facing serious jail time in a Fairfax County Court for attempted fraud.  After Newsome plead guilty to the charges, his attorney, George Freeman, presented a death certificate to Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Bruce White claiming that Newsome had passed away due to complications after surgery.  Judge White dismissed the charges. 

Newsome resurfaced, alive and well, in the Fairfax County Court this week after being arrested again on fraud charges.  An attentive circuit court clerk, Mary McGaffic recognized the name and alerted the Commonwealth’s Attorney to the situation.  Newsome claims he had no knowledge of the death certificate previously presented to the court.  Newsome’s bond was remanded to jail while the court and his new attorney sort out the situation. 

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