The morning after a failed attempt to censure School Board member Joy Maloney (Broad Run) by her board colleagues, Maloney’s trial for allegedly trespassing at a Donald Trump rally has been continued to November over the objections of her attorney.
Maloney is accused of trespassing at a Trump rally at Briar Woods High School on Aug. 12. She appeared in court accompanied by her sister, mother, her Rev. Dan King, and a friend from church at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun.
Prosecutors asked district court Judge Deborah C. Welsh to continue Maloney’s case to a later date so the state could call witnesses. Maloney’s attorney, Alex Levay, objected, arguing that the contract with the Trump organization only covered the auditorium, that Maloney had a ticket, and that she did not have criminal intent to trespass, a necessary standard for a conviction under Virginia law.
“Not only do we have the right of assembly under the First Amendment, but she had a ticket to be there, and she was outside the school building,” Levay said afterward. “There was no legal basis. Whoever the witnesses are that they want to bring in to court, it’s not going to change the law and the facts on the ground.”
Welsh granted the Commonwealth’s motion. Maloney will be back in district court Nov. 9.
The Sheriff’s Office alleges that about 8:45 a.m., deputies assigned to the event were made aware that a woman interfered with the line waiting to get inside. Maloney, 45, of Broadlands, reportedly stepped in front of several attendees waiting to go inside. She was asked to go back in line. She refused to do so and then sat on the ground, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Organizers then revoked her ticket and she continued to refuse to leave.
Maloney, wearing a “Love Trumps Hate” sticker, was charged with trespassing and taken into custody. A magistrate released her on a $1,000 unsecured bond. If convicted, she could face up to 12 months in jail and a fine up to $2,500. She has denied that she tried to prevent people from entering the school.
School Board members Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) and Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin) have twice tried to formally rebuke her in the boardroom, falling short of votes both times.