Halfaday holiday: Candidate's election fraud case continued
The trial of former City Council candidate James Halfaday on four counts of address-based election fraud has been continued until January 26.
Outside the courtroom on Thursday, December 15, Halfaday declined to comment or to say where he really lives.
"I just want to wish the people in Charlottesville and the media," he said, "a happy holiday."
Making his first bid for public office on a pro-business, pro-people platform, Halfaday came in last in the Democratic firehouse primary in August.
After the primary, a lawyer contacted the Hook to say that Halfaday was not the owner of Snap Fitness gym, as he'd claimed throughout the campaign. And according to residents at the Sunset Road address Halfaday used in his campaign filings, he didn't appear to live there either. And three contributors listed as giving $499 to Halfaday's campaign told the Hook they had never made donations to him.
Halfaday was arrested October 19 and charged with four felony counts of election fraud for the alleged false address. If convicted of all four counts and handed the maximum sentence, Halfaday could earn as much as forty years in prison.
As the disgraced politician walked off to the parking garage adjacent to the Charlottesville General District Court, a man accompanying him, as a farewell gesture, offered a middle-finger gesture to reporters.Read more on: james halfaday