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Judge will ask Arlington commonwealth’s attorney to serve in Delgaudio case

Judge Paul Sheridan said Tuesday he will seek to appoint Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos to represent Sterling residents in the recall petition case against Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), this following Sheridan's granting a request for recusal from Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman.

Sheridan, a retired Arlington County judge, made his first appearance heading the Delgaudio case at the Loudoun County Courthouse Tuesday morning. The Supreme Court of Virginia recused all Loudoun County Circuit Court judges from the case.

The next conference hearing on the civil case will be held March 25 at 2 p.m.

According to Plowman (R), who said he has spoken with Stamos (D), the Arlington commonwealth's attorney said she will be willing to serve at the court's pleasure.

Stamos is familiar with the Delgaudio issue and the controversial supervisor's detractors. She oversaw a special grand jury investigation into whether he misused public assets by directing one of his Loudoun County-paid legislative aides to set up political appointments. Stamos did not return an indictment against Delgaudio in that investigation, which concluded in the first half of 2013.

Both Sheridan and Delgaudio's attorney, Charlie King, repeatedly praised Stamos' integrity during Tuesday's hour-long conference hearing. They agreed she is well-suited to serve in the recall case against the four-term Sterling supervisor given her familiarity with the allegations against him.

Also during Tuesday's hearing, Sheridan denied a motion to intervene from Leesburg attorney John Flannery. Flannery was seeking to intervene as a representative of the more than 600 citizens of Sterling who signed the petition to remove Delgaudio from office. Sheridan denied the motion without prejudice, however, meaning that should Stamos accept to handle the case, Flannery or Stamos herself can again seek Flannery's involvement or assistance in the matter.

The petitioners -- Delgaudio's constituents -- claim their supervisor's behavior, including his work with the anti-gay Public Advocate of the United States advocacy organization, has adversely impacted the ability of Loudoun County government to function.

For more information on the Delgaudio case, including a link to last year's special grand jury report, click here.

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