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Judges disqualified in investigation of former county sheriff

Chief Judge for the Tenth Judicial District Leslie M. Osborn signed an order last month disqualifying judges in the district from presiding in the ongoing investigation of former Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin, according to court records.

The order, signed June 19, directs the court to file the order with papers in the Noblin investigation in accordance with the Judicial Disqualification Policy and certify the disqualification to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Noblin has been under investigation by Virginia State Police since October 2011 for allegations of embezzling or misusing asset forfeiture funds, but Noblin to date has not been charged or indicted in connection with the investigation.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli authorized the investigation of Noblin acting on a request from Substitute Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric A. Cooke of Southampton County.

Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White had asked for Cooke’s appointment in the matter, citing conflict of interest.