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Morrissey: 'I am who I am'

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Joe Morrissey has had more run-ins with the law than just about any state delegate in recent memory.

I've known Joe for 20 years, and the vast majority of his problems have all been minor - and typically stem from his quick temper.

Soon after his return to public life, Joe sat down with me for a rare interview, talking about the man he used to be.

"I am who I am, you know?"

Morrissey is the hugely popular state delegate from the 74th district, but make no mistake about it: he's had his fair share of run-ins with the law, and his fits of temper are legendary.

Here are some of the highlights:

In 1992, as Richmond's top prosecutor, he got in a fist fight with opposing counsel in a criminal trial, punching the man right there in court.

In 1999, he was sued for throwing a contractor through a glass storm door. But after a stint teaching law abroad, Morrissey returned to the Richmond area and parlayed his sordid past into a positive. He promotes himself to his constituents as "fightin' Joe Morrissey."

He told me not so long ago that the violent guy from his past is under control:

"With respect to hot headed-ness, you can channel that better," Morrissey said, "And I've probably done better in that category in the last half dozen years or so than I did when I was younger.

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