Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Virginia: Judges recuse themselves in Loudoun Supervisor recall trial

The recall trial of Loudoun Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) over anti-gay statements has taken a new twist, as all of the county judges are recusing themselves from the case (they haven't explained why). The state Supreme Court is going to appoint a judge. Delgaudio is alleged to have solicited donations using county staff for the Public Advocate of the United States, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classified as a hate group.

The Commonwealth attorney, a Republican who ran on the same ticket as Delgaudio, is also looking to recuse himself (though that motion has not been granted).

Recall trials are extremely rare -- I haven't seen one yet, and would be interested to know when the last one occurred (the law appears to have been adopted in 1975). Only Virginia has this peculiar law. 

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