Steven Lederman, a Virginia assistant attorney general with indirect ties to former Norfolk Senator Nick Rerras (R) has been charged with felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon after a drug sniffing dog alerted on a bag in Lederman's van. Inside that bag was marijuana wrapped like a Christmas present.
Lederman's father, Ira, made contributions of $5,500 to Senator Rerras and other Republicans leading up to the time when Steven was a candidate for Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. In 2007, this drew attention to the fact that members of the legislature have an opportunity for patronage from their influence in appointing judges in Virginia. Reeves Mahoney, the husband of circuit judge candidate Joan E. Mahoney, had given $500 to Rerras and a total of $10,800 to Republicans in the same time period.
According to the report in the Virginian-Pilot, Reeves Mahoney's biggest donations went to Bob McDonnell, his former law partner and the state's attorney general. Mahoney's college friend, Republican Randy Forbes, a former state legislator and now a U.S. congressman representing the 4th District received the next biggest amount.
Reportedly, the affidavit indicates police also found a mirror with suspected cocaine residue during the search. Investigators were acting on a tip when they arrested Lederman.
Lederman has worked in the Division of Child Support Enforcement at the state Attorney General’s Office since 1997. He has been suspended pending further investigation according to an AG office spokesperson.
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