The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney has dropped trespassing charges against School Board member Joy Maloney, almost three months after she was arrested at a Donald Trump campaign rally.
Maloney’s trial was scheduled for Nov. 9, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman filed a nolle prosequi on Oct. 24 to abandon the charge in the case.
Maloney, 45, was accused of interfering with a line waiting to get inside the Aug. 2 Trump rally at Briar Woods High School. A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office report said she stepped in front of several attendees waiting to go inside. She was asked to go back in line, but refused to do so and then sat on the ground, according to the report.
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. She has denied that she tried to prevent people from entering the school.
In court Sept. 14, Maloney’s attorney, Alex Levay, objected to the trespassing charge, 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.”