The office of a controversial Virginia prosecutor backed by George Soros says her attorneys will no longer pursue certain crimes in court, according to a letter sent to judges and intercepted by local media.
Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj said in the letter that her office would “defer to the court and law enforcement” when it comes to multiple types of offenses, including larceny, reckless driving, trespassing and other infractions.
The letter detailing this new policy generated controversy when multiple local news outlets reported on it. On Friday, Biberaj said at a press conference that the letter had been “prematurely released.”
“That’s why we have the shock factor as to why people are saying ‘oh my gosh I didn’t know’,” she said. “You didn’t know cause it wasn’t your time to know. We invited our general district court judges to have a conversation. How can we do this, and best serve you, and best serve our community.”
Biberaj said that under the new policy, cases would still be prosecuted, and “presented to the court by law enforcement” instead of her office.
In the letter the prosecutor wrote that the new policy was motivated by “[the] need to dedicate more time on the more egregious cases” in the court system.
Biberaj in her election was supported by the Justice and Public Safety Political Action Committee, a Super PAC funded heavily by left-wing billionaire George Soros.