A Virginia judge kicked off a notoriously liberal county prosecutor in a serial theft case for allegedly “deliberately misleading the court and the public.”
As WJLA-TV reports, Loudon County Circuit Court Judge James Ploughman removed County Prosecutor Buta Biberraj for the Commonwealth’s state attorney’s office from this week’s case, as WJLA-TV reported.
At issue is the burglary case against Kevin Enrique Valle, a local man charged with three misdemeanors and two felonies—who received a six-month plea from Bibiraj’s office despite a long criminal history.
In a May 26 ruling, Plowman said prosecutors’ claims that Vale “has no prior adult conviction” nor “has been convicted of a felony” was misleading.
“While technically true, it clears the facts by examining the court with the knowledge that there are many pending adult felony cases and the defendant pleaded guilty to three related offenses just two days earlier, on December 27, 2021, ‘ wrote the judge.
The judge said that prosecutors in Bibiraj’s office did not try the case “in accordance with professional standards”, adding that Vale was actually charged with “a potential 12-year-old burglary spree” that took place over a period of four days over a period of 10 days. Covers counties, WJLA said.
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miares, who is now set to handle the case, called Ploughman’s decision an “unprecedented development.”
“It is clear from the order that the court has lost faith in Ms. Bibraj, her duties and the ability of her office, and her desire to seek justice effectively in this case,” Miares wrote to the court on Monday.
“It’s a first impression situation for most in the legal community,” he said. “With this unprecedented development in mind, I would like to offer the services of the Attorney General’s Office to assist or prosecute the Court on these matters.”
A former employee told Fox that she “generally pushes people to go outside,” and “push people out in cases of domestic violence” with critics calling her overly liberal interpretation of the law. Have criticized before for considering.
In a press conference on Monday, Bibraj hit back at Miares.
“This is a specific message for Attorney General Jason Miares,” she said. “‘Stay in your street. Your street is in Richmond. Your street is Virginia’s Attorney General.
“You are not an elected council attorney and certainly are for Loudon County,” she said. “Since his election, he wants to undermine the good work we do as progressive prosecutors.”