‘Total vindication,’ Morrissey says after judge tosses perjury indictments

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A judge has dismissed four perjury indictments against embattled state Del. Joe Morrissey.

The judge ruled Wednesday that the plea agreement reached in lawmaker’s December case canceled out those charges.

Morrissey , who was jailed after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl working at his law office, pleaded to the lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He served 60 days in jail on work release. In taking that plea deal, he was accused of falsifying documents and lying about them.

Morrissey told CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George that ruling was a “total vindication.”

The politician announced last month that he has vacated his current House of Delegates seat in the 74th District to announce a state Senate run in 16th District.

However, the 16th District Democratic committee said that Morrissey and Richmond School Board member Derik Jones (son of Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones) both failed to collect enough signatures to run for the 16th District Senate seat.

But Morrissey has promised a court battle to get his name on the ballot and said he plans to hold a press conference either Wednesday or Thursday to elaborate his next steps.