Conservative Group Calls to Remove Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney

The conservative group Stand Up Virginia announced its attempt to have Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj removed from office during a press conference today outside of the county government center, asserting that Biberaj disregards domestic violence cases, among other charges.

Stand Up Virginia is also pushing for the removal of Fairfax Attorney Steve Descano.

“Ms. Buta Biberaj, you do not do your job,” Stand Up Virginia President Brenda Tillett said, standing among about 20 supporters during the July 8 event. Three people in the crowd wore masks to represent anonymous victims at the hands of Biberaj’s office.

“Although we have a large crowd here today, there were people who called and said we would love to support you as organizations and as an individual, but we’re afraid of Buta Biberaj,” Tillett said.

To remove an elected official, the group will have to gather Loudoun signatures equal to 10% of the total number of votes cast at the last election for that office—in Biberaj’s case, 11,279 signatures. A Circuit Court must then find “neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office,” according to state law.

Stand Up Virginia’s counsel Andrew Kersey acknowledged that removing Biberaj would be a challenge.

“It is a unique remedy, one that I have not seen in my 25 years practicing law, certainly not involving a Commonwealth’s Attorney,” Kersey said.

Sean Kennedy, the policy director at the Law Enforcement Defense Fund, spoke on behalf of Stand Up Virginia. Although he was identified as working for the Fund, he said he was speaking as a private citizen.

“The progressive prosecutor movement is not unique here. … There are about 75 of these progressive prosecutors across the country using the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion to rewrite the law,” Kennedy said.

Kersey said it likely would take months to collect enough signatures for the petition to be picked up by a judge.

This article was updated July 8 at 7:04 p.m. to correct an incorrect name.

Stand Up Virginia President Brenda Tillett speaks in front of supporters at a press conference Thursday, July 8 announcing an attempt to remove Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj. [Renss Greene/Loudoun Now]

25 thoughts on “Conservative Group Calls to Remove Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney

  • 2021-07-08 at 3:39 pm
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    I would like to see a full investigation of Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj. Her participation in a secret Facebook group aimed at attacking and defaming Loudoun residents opposed to the school board is highly dubious. I suspect such an investigation will unearth more interesting information on her conduct while in office.

    • 2021-07-08 at 6:16 pm
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      If she was involved in the FB group, please put the evidence out there. If true, then she would need to resign.

    • 2021-07-28 at 10:09 am
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      Should it matter? I hope you have held all conservative politicians to this same standard… but I’m guessing not.

  • 2021-07-08 at 3:40 pm
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    This radical should have never been elected to begin with, but with big Soros bucks anything can happen when the masses are fooled by propaganda….

    • 2021-07-19 at 10:21 am
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      Please provide evidence of Soros donations to the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s attorney.

      • 2021-07-19 at 5:53 pm
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        The “Justice and Safety PAC,” as reported by WaPo, is funded by Soros.

        The Campaign Finance Reports filed by “Friends Buta Biberaj” reported $861,038.62 received from the above PAC, through the date of 11/28/2019.

        Good enough?

        Re

  • 2021-07-08 at 4:26 pm
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    Any sane, reasonable and informed person should want our CA removed.

    The residents of Loudoun and (especially) the victims of crime deserve better representation in the criminal justice system.

  • 2021-07-08 at 4:50 pm
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    It is called an election. Run a good candidate and vote for them if you do not like the current CA. However, I realize in today’s political climate many hard-right conservativess have apparently forgotten about democracy.

    • 2021-07-08 at 5:56 pm
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      No, it’s called a Billionaire pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into a county CA election.
      It’s also called the (D) party playing shenanigans with challenging candidate eligibility.

      Or are we supposed to forget those inconvenient facts?

      Democracy, indeed.

      • 2021-07-09 at 6:02 pm
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        Nope. You have no evidence of this, none. I voted for her. Most people did. You know democracy.

        • 2021-07-10 at 3:01 pm
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          Are you disputing the source of her campaign money?
          If so, are you suggesting that her filings were lies?

          Are you suggesting that Loudoun (D)s didn’t push a bogus claim that her opponent did not have residency in Loudoun?

          Please, by all mean, do prove me wrong.

    • 2021-07-08 at 6:37 pm
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      Of course, we should have elections. And when the elections are over, the elected officials have a legal obligation to obey the laws they are sworn to uphold. It is arguable that the current CA needs to be investigated for possible criminal acts after the election.

  • 2021-07-08 at 6:03 pm
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    A simple request to the supporters of Loudoun’s super-duper-tough-on-crime CA Buta “Agrees to drop the charges” Biberaj:

    Please list her three (3) greatest achievements in office while serving as a representative of the people of Loudoun and the victims of crime.

    Don’t be shy. Go ahead and let’s hear about the great job she’s doing….

    • 2021-07-10 at 3:03 pm
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      C’mon folks, two days later and NOBODY can come up with a list of her greatest accomplishments while service as CA?

      Don’t be shy. Please speak up. All you people who voted for her and (allegedly) still support her surely can tell the rest of us why the effort to remove her from office is misguided.

      • 2021-07-14 at 8:29 am
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        And just to be clear… “achievements” cannot involve handing lollipops to criminals, mismanaging her office or making public appearances in the furtherance of her career.

      • 2021-07-19 at 10:23 am
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        I think we’re still waiting for you to prove your claim that Soros underwrote her campaign. Go on. Don’t be shy. Please speak up. Where’s the evidence?

        Or do you have any other crazy fantasies you’re not sharing?

        • 2021-07-20 at 8:16 am
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          You’re quiet the aggressive one, aren’t you? Especially when standing on shaky ground.

          It’s not as if this is some sort of state secret. Soros bought virtually every CA election in NoVA. It’s all a matter of public record. Hardly any digging required.

          And just to put a bow on this…. 76 cents of every dollar her campaign received was from Soros. That’s $831038.52 of the $1,092,916.98.

          Dark money, indeed.

    • 2021-07-14 at 8:26 am
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      Obviously I’ve set the bar far too high in asking for her three “greatest” achievements.

      How about two (2)? And they don’t even have to be great.

  • 2021-07-08 at 7:24 pm
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    So, do you “conservatives” actually believe in Democracy or not? Because the more you talk, the more totalitarian you sound.

  • 2021-07-08 at 9:15 pm
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    The GOP has nothing to show for 4 years of Trumpdon…and now all they can do is scattershot. You GOP should be embarrassed by your ridiculous conspiracies and lame candidates. This “Soros” theory has never been proven and you only get your talking points from the mindless distributors of pablum from Fox. You don’t have a creative bone in your collective bodies. If Shame Hannity or Schmucker Carlson says something tonight, sure enough some GOP will spout it the next morning. The world is howling at the GOP in America. Don’t believe me? Just go to any website for any media outlet around the world and see what they are writing about. It is about how deranged the American GOP is. They love Biden and a return to sanity, but they hate Trump and his lemmings who lick his boots. LoCo conservatives are as bad as the right wing nuts in other states. Look in a mirror, you are a disgrace.

  • 2021-07-08 at 10:02 pm
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    Prosecutorial misconduct deserves immediate recall. Even DEMs agree that Buta is a bad CA, and should be recalled.

  • 2021-07-09 at 6:58 am
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    Several people there are in violation of 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; a class 6 Felony. How can you possibly be for the Law while simultaneously omitting a Felony?

  • 2021-07-09 at 8:08 am
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    Pretty serious accusation and asking him to prove a negative, which is a common bad-faith technique for conservatives. Honestly it smacks of concern trolling, too.

    Prove it.

  • 2021-07-09 at 11:35 am
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    The real crime was that no local journalists dug into Buta Biberaj the candidate, or any candidates for that matter.

  • 2021-07-28 at 10:18 am
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    These are either real live trolls, senile people, or not very smart people. They have no evidence, no ability to site where they got their information and they keep regurgitating the same ridiculous conspiracies.

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