Halfaday Back in Court for Second Probation Violation, Remains in Jail
Former Charlottesville City Council candidate James Halfaday is staying behind bars. He was back in court Tuesday after he was arrested for a second probation violation.
Last year, Halfaday was found guilty of election fraud after he used a false address to certify his candidacy in 2011. He spent 10 days in jail because of the election fraud charge, but was sentenced to more time after violating his probation.
Last February he was arrested for contacting his partner from jail after having been ordered not to as a condition of his probation. Halfaday was ordered to remain in jail until his probation could be transferred to Illinois, where his family lives and where he plans to move.
Tuesday, the court sealed the case file, which means the specifics of how Halfaday violated his probation for the second time are confidential. The commonwealth attorney's office - not the probation office - initiated the arrest. The reason for the seal and whether the case will remain under seal is unknown.
A public defender will represent Halfaday at his next court appearance on June 17.
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