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40-Year Prosecutor Still Swinging as Era Ends


After 40 years in office, the longest-serving prosecutor in Virginia is getting ready to hang up his gloves. An anachronism whose Fairfax County office lacks voicemail, a website and a media spokesperson, Robert F. Horan Jr. is nonetheless one of the most active chief prosecutors in the country and routinely tries major cases, the Washington Post reports.

“When other prosecutors have long since staked out a daily tee time or abandoned the courtroom for administrative tasks, Horan, 74, continues to try cases. Next month, he and his chief deputy will tackle a double-murder death penalty trial with no witnesses and no statement from the defendant, in what probably will be Horan’s swan song.”

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