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We recently had the investigation the state ordered into Virginia Military Institute. Now we have the investigation ordered into the investigation of the Virginia Parole Board. That report is now out and amounts to an “investigation of an investigation.” What to make of it?

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. The report drew immediate criticism from Republican lawmakers as an "attempt to deflect attention from the Parole Board's indefensible conduct."

The chief state investigator who substantiated violations by the Virginia Parole Board filed a motion Monday for an expedited hearing in her bid to be granted whistleblower protection status, citing "significant retaliatory actions" against her and public comments from the governor's office since she turned over information to state legislators.

What started as an investigation of the Virginia Parole Board’s controversial decision to release a man convicted of killing a Richmond police officer 40 years ago has morphed into a much broader probe that has led the state’s watchdog agency to find violations of law and policy in at least eight other parole decisions involving convicted killers.

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Three Baltimore men who spent 36 years in prison were released Monday after authorities say they were falsely convicted of a 1983 murder.

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