Hook editor Hawes Spencer has been subpoenaed in the metasizing “school bomber” case. (Those are condescension quotes around “school bomber.”) Albemarle County’s famously incompetent Commonwealth Attorney Jim Camblos told local reporters in March that the verdict in the case was a secret, under court orders, and threatened to prosecute any paper that printed leaked information. Only it turned out that Camblos totally made it up — there was no such court order. The Hook and The Daily Progress, to their great credit, have been pursuing the matter through legal channels ever since, trying to figure out what Camblos is trying to hide. Now comes the subpoena of Spencer, and apparently a couple of other news outlets.
Is Camblos making good on his threat against the papers? Nobody knows — the case file is closed.