Two activist groups in Virginia are leading a revised recall effort of Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney Buta Biberaj, who they allege has “neglected her duties” and “demonstrated incompetence.”
Virginians for Safe Communities and Stand up Virginia are collecting signatures at a Loudoun forum tonight hosted by Patriot Pub Alliance. In addition to speakers from the two organizations, former GOP state Sen. Dick Black, as well as Scott Smith, the father of a rape victim at Stone Bridge High School, as reported by The Daily Wire, will talk.
“There have been significant recent developments so we revised our petition,” Sean Kennedy, president and founder of Virginians for Safe Communities, told The Daily Wire. “From failing to properly prosecute sex assault to allowing a domestic abuse murder to occur, there are many other problems. We have energetic volunteers. We now have momentum. We’re launching this because we’re combining forces and reinvigorating it.”
Biberaj, who was elected in 2019 after taking in $850,000 from a George Soros-funded political action committee, has been roundly criticized for her lack of leadership as Loudoun County’s top prosecutor. She notably sought to jail Scott Smith after he was arrested at a school board meeting for disorderly conduct on the heels of the superintendent claiming “that he had no knowledge or record of a sexual assault in a district school bathroom,” The Daily Wire reported. The prosecutor ran on criminal justice reform.
The recall document cites numerous concerns with how Biberaj has operated in her position. It slams her for hiring a convicted child sex offender in March 2021 and providing the offender “access to sensitive juvenile and sexual abuse victim files without conducting an appropriate background investigation.”
The petition also references Biberaj’s failure to prosecute defendants in “numerous domestic and sexual assault cases.” As The Daily Wire reported in January, the Loudoun rapist was removed from the sex offender registry — with Biberaj previously saying he was released from jail due to having no “history” of assault.
Biberaj is a member of a group called Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, which has sought to pass laws ending cash bail, minimum sentences, expunge criminal records, as well as address “mass incarceration.” Months after calling for these policies, the prosecutor was criticized after a man awaiting trial for assaulting his wife allegedly ignored a protective order and killed her with a hammer, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reported.
Stand up Virginia launched a Biberaj recall last year. A major reason was due to her participation in a Facebook group called “Anti–Racist Parents of Loudoun County,” first reported by The Daily Wire, which compiled a list of parents disagreeing with the schools and sought to “expose these people publicly.”
The recall will need 11,500 signatures to proceed. Kennedy expressed confidence that the re-launch will yield more results due to it being a more coordinated effort. The petition can be viewed here.