Morgan: Biberaji’s Recall Objections Miss the Mark

By Sean P. Morgan, Leesburg

As a lifelong Democrat, consistent voter in Democratic primaries, Loudoun County resident, and former Loudoun prosecutor, I read with abhorrence the June 10 opinion letter by Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj in the Washington Post, complaining that the “endless recalls in Virginia are pointless and must stop.” 

Ms. Biberaj does not actually address the many reasons that members of the Loudoun County community seek to recall her. She simply throws out tired tropes like “right wing”, “political shenanigans”, and “political games” along with unsupported accusations of attempts to “intimidate” her and “usurp local power out from under me ….” 

Ms. Biberaj airily pronounces (with absolutely no support) that the recall efforts are because her election has “left some outside special interests unhappy.” Indeed, it is Ms. Biberaj who knows how to make outside special interests happy. She accepted more than $860,000 in contributions for her 2019 election campaign from a single outside special interest, the Justice & Public Safety Political Action Committee based in Washington, DC, which is funded by the Soros Management Fund in New York City (more than 80 percent of her campaign budget). Ms. Biberaj has never explained how she was able to get all that money, nor any promises or agreements she made to obtain all that money. 

Ms. Biberaj next complains of attempts to “undermine” her work. However, the Supreme Court of Virginia caseload statistics show her office is doing much less work. Criminal case filings and dispositions in Loudoun Courts have decreased under Ms. Biberaj by nearly 40 percent. This substantial decrease is not attributable to Ms. Biberaj’s assertion of an 11 percent decline in serious crime in 2020, as that claim is both inaccurate and wrong. Ms. Biberaj defines serious crime as only the crimes of rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Government data for 2019 and 2020 reflect a 6 percent decrease for Leesburg and Loudoun of reported incidents of rape, robbery, and aggravated assault from 2019 to 2020, only about half of Ms. Biberaj’s claimed reduction. More importantly, when homicides and burglaries are included, which most people would consider to be serious crimes, the crime rate was essentially unchanged from 2019 to 2020. 

Despite this considerable reduction in prosecution, under Ms. Biberaj the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office budget has increased by nearly $2 million with over 10 new attorney positions. Ms, Biberaj has not, as she brags, “saved millions in taxpayer dollars; rather, she has cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Ms. Biberaj has perfected the art of doing less with more. 

Ms. Biberaj’s boast of “increased protections for victims of domestic violence” is grotesque and appalling. Her office agreed to the release from jail of Peter Lollobrigido, who was awaiting hearing on charges for the strangulation, abduction, and domestic assault of his wife, Ms. Regina Redman- Lollobrigido. Ms. Biberaj’s office agreed to Mr. Lollobrigido’s release even though the pretrial office that would be responsible for his supervision while on bond, recommended that Mr. Lollobrigido remain in jail. Seven weeks after his release from jail on July 29, 2021, while on bond with the agreement of the Ms. Biberaj’s office, Mr. Lollobrigido is alleged to have brutally murdered his wife and was rearrested. Additionally, members of the Board of Supervisors have spoken at Board meetings about numerous complaints they have received from victims of domestic violence regarding Ms. Biberaj’s office’s treatment of them and prosecution of their cases. Ms. Phyllis Randall, chair of the Board of Supervisors has noted, “In fact, the things that I am hearing, the letters I have, the emails I have, the text message screenshots I have [from victims of domestic violence] would curl somebody’s toes to look at them.” 

Ms. Biberaj’s real concern is her well-founded fear that she may be recalled from office similarly to former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Prior to the recall vote in San Francisco, Ms. Biberaj was very active on social media supporting Mr. Boudin, whose policies she has emulated. Reasons cited by the citizens of San Francisco for the recall of Mr. Boudin included his incompetence and inexperience running a prosecutor’s office, as well as siding with criminals over victims — all endangering public safety. Likewise, Ms. Biberaj’s policies of significantly reducing prosecutions, releasing violent offenders on bond, and incompetence generally in the management of her office have made Loudoun less safe and demonstrated her unfitness to continue to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Loudoun residents will have the “safer, fairer justice system” mentioned by Ms. Biberaj when she is either recalled or returned to being a criminal defense lawyer in the next election cycle. 

[Editor’s Note: Mr. Morgan served in the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office from 2005 to 2019 when he served as the chief deputy commonwealth’s attorney.]

13 thoughts on “Morgan: Biberaji’s Recall Objections Miss the Mark

  • 2022-06-30 at 8:06 pm

    Her letter that was published in the Washington Post truly was shocking, at first. But when one rolls back all the terrible decisions she has taken during the past 18 months, it really isn’t.

    And let’s not forget that she hired a convicted sex offender to serve as a paralegal in her office. A position which granted him full access to victims’ files. When the news broke of this incredibly irresponsible act, she lied and pointed the finger at others.

    Why does she put the criminal ahead of all others? Always eager deal away significant charges. Even those involving firearms. While constantly Tweeting up a storm about how we need more gun laws? And I do mean constantly. Just look at her Twitter activity. All day long. Is there no work to be done at the CA’s office?

    We deserve better.

  • 2022-07-01 at 7:37 am

    Sean P. Morgan calls himself a Democrat? Then why did he support Republican Nicole Wittmann in the 2019 Commonwealth Attorney’s race? Thankfully Buta Biberaj was victorious, despite Mr. Morgan’s constant harping. We get it. You don’t like Buta Biberaj. Well, then run your own candidate in the next election. But please stop with these silly recall efforts. The harpies in Loudoun threatened to recall six (6) school board members. It was all for naught (though they managed to scare away Beth Barts & hasten the demise of Leslee King). I say, Stop tampering with election results. Let the will of the people prevail. Welcome to July Loudoun!

    • 2022-07-01 at 3:32 pm

      At least Sean Morgan is being honest. He’s seen her actions from the other side in a courtroom in the past. You did not even bother to address his complaint about how she came out of nowhere and got funded by George Soros just like her counterparts in Fairfax County and San Francisco, CA… both of whom are also facing criticisms (or have been recalled) for their entire lack of prosecution of criminals. Buta needs to be booted. She is hurting Loudoun County because she does not competently represent the Commonwealth. She is more interested in representing the criminals which means she should go back to being a criminal defense attorney. She is a tragedy as a Commonwealth Attorney.

    • 2022-07-02 at 10:05 am

      To answer your question Mr. Morgon did his homework and correctly reached the decision that a prosecutor is what was needed for the Commonwealth Attorney position in Loudoun. How many self-inflicted foo paws by Buta are you willing to make us, and our children suffer through so you can parade your democrat credentials that circumvent the laws, not uphold them. If Buta is thrown out the community as a whole will be better for it. Wacktavism versus justice is what Tim Smith touts. People lives and kids’ educations are being harmed because of the actions by Buta and her office. She is what you get with party line voters who do not research candidates and who listen to Randall, Briskman, Saines, Glass, Turner, Reaser, Sheridan, Marshall, Morse, Mahedavi and other self-serving elected officials. This is a TOP TEN most “unwanted” list not a group to perpetuate.

  • 2022-07-01 at 8:05 am

    Very well said Mr. Morgan. As a side note Mr. Morgan would have made and would make an excellent Judge in Loudoun County. It is my wish that he keeps pursuing that goal or perhaps runs for election as the Commonwealth Attorney; we would be so lucky.

  • 2022-07-01 at 8:29 am

    Very well written. Thank you for outlining, with clear and supported data/facts, how the Loudoun CA must be removed before more innocent people are victims of these criminals that the CA believes shouldn’t be held to any consequences. My family and I moved to Loudoun because at the time it was a very safe community. While certainly better than many in the country, and even commonwealth, it has been in a decline since this CA has taken over. We need a CA that will enforce the laws, which is their primary responsibility; not to be some activist trying to uproot the system. We saw what the very liberal San Francisco did to their DA. It’s time we do the same with the Loudoun CA.

    Happy Let’s Blame the Victims over Criminals month, Loudoun!

  • 2022-07-01 at 11:13 am

    Ms. Biberaj has done an excellent job protecting our school board members from having to answer to the allegations against them in the removal petitions. Who will likewise protect her?

  • 2022-07-02 at 9:17 am

    It is far too easy to criticize from a distance without walking a mile in her shoes. Was the community really satisfied with prior results from this office? No prosecution of the cop who shot a kid in Purcellville which ended up in a civil case supportive of the child? How about the cops shooting the tiny women at COSTCO in Sterling or the case of the black girl killed on the last day of the Walmart supported carnival (before the Wegmans was built) which was just closed for lack of prosecution? Buta’s law firm yielded two judgeships and she was easily one of the most sought after criminal defense attorneys in Loudoun before taking a significant income decrease to serve the public! What I would blame is why does it take so much money to run a campaign in Loudoun and why do the majority of registered voters NOT VOTE in local elections to then spend the next four years complaining about the results? I admit complaining about our school board because I spent 8 years walking in the those proverbial shoes and know what it takes to do that job back when it wasn’t a national embarrassment. Maybe if we invested more time getting to know and qualify local candidates instead of just accepting the party branding as some sort of litmus test we would understand their motives and appreciate their sacrifice for the public good or get rid of them when they deceive our trust. November election is only 3 months away – SHOW UP PREPARED TO VOTE FOR IMPROVEMENTS!

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