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Frank Slayton, former delegate and judge, dies at age 81

SoVaNow.com / October 29, 2013
Former state delegate and judge Frank M. Slayton has died at age 81 after a prolonged illness.

Slayton, a South Boston resident, passed away Tuesday afternoon around 1 p.m., according to a member of the extended family.

A member of the House of Delegates from 1972 to 1987, Slayton later was appointed to serve as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge. In the General Assembly, he took a special interest in family welfare issues as a prominent member of the Health, Welfare and Institutions and Courts of Justice committees.

A graduate of Halifax County schools, he attended University of Virginia as an undergraduate and received his law degree there. He took pride in his friendship with famed U.S. Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy. In the Assembly, Slayton was a prominent Democrat. He lost the seat in 1987 to Republican challenger Mark Hagood, who two years later was ousted by Slayton’s law partner, W.W. “Ted” Bennett.

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He was the worst "judge" in the district. A thoroughly horrid Judge who routinely flaunted even the most sacrosanct of legal rules. As a Juvenile Judge, his constant abuses of power were hidden by the secrecy of the proceedings, a loophole which he fully exploited to abuse children with the unregulated abuse of his powers. This came to be known as "a Slayton Special" around his "court."
The worst sort of man imaginable. I can only pray for the kids he hurt over the many years of his rancid reign.


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