The chief judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit is asking Loudoun County leaders to postpone a controversial vote to determine whether to ban public displays on the courthouse grounds.
In letter to Chairman Scott York (I-at large), Judge Thomas D. Horne says he will be out of town during the July 20 vote.
Horne asks for additional time to allow “all our judges to be given the opportunity to consider, should they wish to do so, the impact of the use of the grounds on the operation of their Courts.”
The chief judge was out of town July 16 and could not be reached for comment.
Supervisors are considering whether to reinstate a policy crafted in November by the Courthouse Grounds and Facilities Committee that banned unattended public displays – including religious symbols – on the lawn of the Loudoun County Courthouse.
The policy brought controversy and nationwide attention to Loudoun County after a request by the Leesburg Rotary Club to place a Christmas tree on the lawn was denied.
The rules now in place allow 10 displays on the lawn with applications to be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
However the new policy, according to some supervisors, also has proven controversial as “unpopular” displays have since been allowed to grace the courthouse lawn.
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