Irby Recuses Herself from School Board Removal Cases

Circuit Court Judge Jeanette A. Irby on Tuesday recused herself from hearing the cases to remove School Board members Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) and Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian) on Jan. 31.

On Jan. 5, Irby heard motions to allow the group Fight for Schools, which collected petition signatures in the recall drive, to intervene, and to disqualify Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj from the cases.

In mid-January, Irby’s clerk told parties that the judge would be ruling on those motions soon. Now, the motions will be argued before a different judge. As other Loudoun judges recused themselves from a similar previous case involved then-School Board member Beth Barts, the Sheridan and Reaser cases are expected to be heard by a judge appointed by the state Supreme Court.

A scheduling hearing is set for Feb. 7 in the cases in advance of a previously scheduled Feb. 23 motions hearing.

9 thoughts on “Irby Recuses Herself from School Board Removal Cases

  • 2022-02-01 at 6:40 pm
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    We really need legislation to reform the recall statute in Virginia. In its current form, it’s too vulnerable to abuse. Meanwhile, it would be wonderful if recall organizers cease & desist. What they did to Leslee King is difficult to forgive. They shouldn’t be allowed to do the same thing to Brenda Sheridan & Atoosa Reaser. There’s no need to clog the civil courts with such nonsense. Happy Year of the Tiger Loudoun!

    • 2022-02-01 at 9:58 pm
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      Irby should have recused herself sooner to avoid all of these delays in the process. Previous judge recused themselves because they have kids in the system. If her reasoning is the same, why the delay?

    • 2022-02-02 at 8:38 am
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      I agree we need reform, but for the complete opposite reason. It is too difficult to remove elected officials in Virginia. I suppose that is why the current process is so onerous. Politicians write the rules, after all, and they don’t want to relinquish power.

      • 2022-02-03 at 9:43 am
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        What on Earth are you talking about it being too difficult to remove elected officials in Virginia?

        We literally have elections on a regular basis. If you don’t like an elected official, get support for a different candidate in the next election.

  • 2022-02-01 at 6:52 pm
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    I don’t blame her at all for recusing herself. Loudoun has gone absolutely insane.

  • 2022-02-02 at 6:28 am
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    For the Naacp to take credit for a judge recusing themself is ludicrous at best. Been in Irby’s courtroom twice and found her to be informed and thoughtful. She has had to deal with some bad actors and the Naacp is hardly a blip on her radar. She would have followed the law, but no Loudoun County judge should hear these cases as that takes away the conflict-of-interest argument that the Naacp would bring. BTW did they do any of the work to bring this case forward, NO! Typical freeloading by the Naacp. If not for Randall running interference for them this group would be an afterthought as should be.

    • 2022-02-03 at 12:26 am
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      I have literally never heard those 2 words used to describe Irby. Many 4-letter words from attorneys but not those words.

  • 2022-02-02 at 10:02 am
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    Harry Reid-like wailing about the need to change the rules from our progressive friend. Why they never thought the rules would be used on their friends.

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