AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris
A trio of far-left prosecutors in Virginia backed by liberal billionaire George Soros – all of whom face reelection this year – are encountering mounting criticism amid an onslaught of scandals and repeated instances of blatant incompetence that have allowed violent criminals off the hook and undermined public confidence in their offices.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano, Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj, and Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti all received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Soros-linked funds when they first ran for election in 2019. In recent years, the liberal megadonor has helped install disciples of the far-left criminal justice “reform” movement like Descano, Biberaj, and Dehghani-Tafti in dozens of district attorney offices throughout the country.
Controversy has followed the three throughout their tenures, particularly as high-profile cases end in seemingly light sentences for perpetrators. Just this week, Descano ignited a local media firestorm when his office dropped all nine felony counts against Troy Reynolds, a man police say crashed a school bus with 44 kindergarteners on board into a ditch while under the influence of alcohol.
Critics are accusing Descano of botching his prosecution of the case – a charge he has become all too familiar with over the past four years. Last December, a Virginia mom sued the Fairfax County DA’s office after Descano missed a court filing deadline to overturn evidence, allowing a man who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy to escape with a misdemeanor assault and battery charge. The offender was released on time served.
Descano has been embroiled in another controversy since January over his use of an app which deletes messages to communicate with his staff. According to some sources, Descano used the app to specifically avoid FOIA requests – an act that would be a violation of Virginia law.
A number of Descano’s prosecutorial decisions throughout his time in office have drawn scrutiny as well. In one case early in his tenure, Descano charged an officer with excessive force for defending himself with a taser against a man high on PCP. A jury deliberated for just a few minutes before finding the officer not guilty – after a judge faulted Descano’s office for withholding key evidence in the trial for over a year.
Descano was also rebuked by a federal judge over his decision to offer a shockingly lenient plea deal of just 17 years for a man charged with repeatedly sexually abusing a younger relative. The deal was so egregious that the judge in the case told the victim “your government has failed you.”
In other instances, Descano has allowed a man suspected of killing two people and convicted of abducting a third to walk free on misdemeanor charges, offered a sweetheart deal to a man charged with firing a gun into a crowded bar, freed a violent criminal who later killed a homeless woman, and told prosecutors under him “don’t listen to victims” because they are “overly dramatic.”
As explanation for these seemingly unconscionable betrayals of crime victims, Descano has said that he is working to build a “more equitable” criminal justice system – a favorite line of Soros prosecutors who flatly refuse to enforce the law.
Biberaj, meanwhile, has faced controversy of her own recently following revelations that she used official funds to obtain information about her personal and political opponents. Biberaj reportedly spent more than $19,000 of county money on Freedom of Information Act requests targeting her longtime foes at the Loudoun County Supervisor’s office and even journalists who have been critical of her.
Ironically, Biberaj has also cited a lack of resources as reason for an announcement in January that her office would no longer be prosecuting a number of misdemeanor crimes, including reckless driving, petty theft, and hit and runs.
The announcement led to a hearing before the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to decide whether to transfer three vacant positions in Biberaj’s office to the Loudoun County Attorney’s office to maintain full prosecution of misdemeanor crimes. The Democrat-majority panel ultimately decided to allow Biberaj to keep her funding, but a heated exchange between Biberaj and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall indicated that even some Democrats in Virginia have grown tired of Biberaj’s radicalism and prickly personality.
Biberaj also has a history of prosecutorial decisions that appear politically motivated. The most notable case is her treatment of Scott Smith, a father whose daughter was raped at a Loudoun County high school.
The story drew national attention two years ago after a Daily Wire report revealed that the rapist, a biological male who identified as a female and was allowed to use female restrooms, was transferred to another Loudoun County high school after the rape, where he sexually assaulted a second girl.
Smith was arrested at a school board meeting where he demanded answers from Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler, who falsely claimed that the district had “no record” of any assaults in its bathrooms.
But instead of working with Smith to get justice for his daughter, Biberaj – who ran on a platform of ending “mass incarceration” – aggressively prosecuted Smith, working to put him in jail for misdemeanor charges.
Dehghani-Tafti has largely avoided major scandals like those facing Descano and Biberaj, but has nonetheless earned public ire through her callous disregard for public safety. Last June, for instance, Dehgahni-Tafti worked with Descano to free a serial looter who committed multiple grand larcenies and assaulted a police officer.
A month later, a man let out of jail early thanks to prosecutorial misconduct by Dehghani-Tafti’s office killed two construction workers in Alexandria. In another case from 2020, Dehgahni-Tafti dropped all charges against a man who tried to rob a vape shop – then prosecuted a store employee who defended the business with a firearm.
As a result of these failures and many others, Dehghani-Tafti has been subject to an ongoing recall effort – particularly after news that crimes like felony assault rose 40% throughout her first year in office. However, with an election looming in November, the recall proponents have a new opportunity to defeat Dehghani-Tafti at the ballot box.
Even in reliably blue northern Virginia and with backing from Soros-linked funds, Descano, Biberaj, and Dehghani-Tafti each face a real threat of losing re-election this fall, with all three looking at tough primary challenges.
If any of the three lose primary battles – or if they are ousted by Republican challengers in the fall – it would be a sure sign that, even in liberal enclaves, Americans have had enough of the perverse vision of justice put forth by the left.
Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_.
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Let’s go VA. As a strong group we take them down by voting and reporting
You reap what you sow and these Soros backed Democrats are pro criminal. Now it will be up to the voters who are affected by their failure to protect the public against these pro criminal activists to remove them from office and replace them with competent prosecutors.
They are in dereliction of their duties and should be CANNED IMMEDIATELY! Their primary obligation is to UPHOLD THE LAW AS WRITTEN! End of story. Only Legislatures make law!
The George money gets them there. Then they are WOKE, USEFULL IDIOTS.
I hope none of them get reelected and George Soros gets struck down by lightning.
Change the laws that allow mega funding of political candidates and George Soros’ influence in our political arena will be cut dramatically. Talk about INSURRECTION, but without guns, this man is the epitome of it. He needs to have his US citizenship rescinded, his possessions confiscated, his funded organizations shut down & wealth confiscated, put in jail, and his family excommunicated.
Would someone PLEASE tell me just what “more equitable” freakin justice actually is instead of all this woke word salads crap we keep hearing!!!
Just how much money does Soros and the Chi-coms have ?
Hunt them down and prosecute. ALL of them.
Remember- politics is downstream of culture. Your state unfortunately just like my state of California has too many people that want these leftists to run the government. Give us our abortion and free money and we’ll let you destroy the old God fearing America. Didn’t Covid teach us that the government lies and we the people don’t matter. We can be replaced.
The Arlington DA woman also failed to release any information about the Uber driver who ran into Four Courts, a popular and crowded bar on Wilson Blvd in Courthouse. 20 people were injured, some seriously. The name of the Uber driver and all info about him has been withheld from the public. This incident happened last summer. Speculation is that the driver was an illegal alien and/or muslim so of course a left wing DA suppress that info.
There a whole bunch of interesting comments below, but what I cannot fathom is that the left side of common sense (maybe the wacko left just like the wacko right) thinks it’s a good idea to NOT prosecute people who break the law. Not rapists, not asualts, not armed robbers, and heaven forbid not the millions of illegals streaming over our southern boarder. I wonder if they think those laws even need to be ‘on the books’ or are only for certain people? I wonder if they think being a victim is the victim’s problem? I also really, really wonder if they think these people are just trying to ‘get ahead’ in our competitive world? If so, there are a couple of tax laws I’d like to ignore, you know, just to get ahead……..
Anyone backed by Communist Soros should be fired they are just plan no good they are bought and paid for by Soros he wants this country to fail he wants to see fighting in our streets and no rule of law. If there is any dirt that is dug up Soros is behind it, these three are just a start there are more backed by him.
its not just that progressive prosecutors are in blatant reliction of duty if it comes to prosecuting crimes but they also blatantly use their position to prosecute people who do not share their beliefs
Send those anti AMERICANS to the great inferno !!!!!!!!!!!
Soros and all his underlings should be tarred and feathered then hung from poles.
Down with all Soros backed politicians!
Why are these liberal DA’s even allowed to interpret the law of the land? Especially if they are as dumb as these three morons…
Soros should be deported….or executed. He is one of the most evil POS on this earth.
Don’t forget to kick out his kids as well. If not, they will just take over, are ready to take over for dad. Hungary/UK passed ‘Stop Soros’ in their countries. Hungary/UK not the only countries who do NOT want Soros any where near them.
Northern Virginia has become a cesspool of idiocy. I’m glad I left 20 years ago.