A well-known Virginia state prosecutor with ties to billionaire George Soros sent a memo to district judges informing them that she will stop prosecuting certain "minor" crimes. Loudoun County Attorney Buta Biberaj says that the number of assigned cases has "inundated" her office, so she will proceed to process only the most relevant ones.
On Dec. 30, Biberaj confirmed in the memo that some misdemeanors would be dropped, including thefts, home invasions and various reckless driving cases, among others. The move was widely criticized by local residents after local media shared a copy of the letter.
BREAKING: @LoudounOCA to stop prosecuting some misdemeanor# including petty larceny, trespass, eluding & some reckless driving/hit&run cases. Memo to judges dated Dec 30, but Loudoun sheriff & BOS chair say they’re just learning of it. Their reaction only on @fox5dc 10/11 pic.twitter.com/V06uoDHxSa
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) January 13, 2023
Biberaj said her decision was motivated by the need to devote more time to serious cases. She remarked that she could no longer prosecute every infraction and misdemeanor assigned to her:
To better serve our community and to ensure that we are providing safety and justice, we need to reallocate our resources towards the more egregious cases that are being charged by law enforcement and threaten the safety of our community.
Criticism and link to Soros
Jason Miyares, Virginia's attorney general, questioned Biberaj's decision and said it "establishes a dangerous precedent." In addition, he said that "Virginians deserve better," and that these measures only encourage more crime.
Prosecutors cannot cherry pick laws to enforce and laws to ignore - that’s not how our government works, and it establishes a dangerous precedent.
Far-left CAs who ignore crime create an environment that only encourages more of it.
Virginians deserve better. https://t.co/pHzfr3vRH5
— Jason Miyares (@JasonMiyaresVA) January 13, 2023
To achieve her current position, Biberaj received support from the Political Action Committee for Justice and Public Safety, whose funding comes from George Soros, a well-known Hungarian-born billionaire investor and philanthropist.