Judge Paul Sheridan will hold a conference meeting in the matter of “Citizens of Sterling v. Eugene Delgaudio,” at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, in the old courthouse in Leesburg, according to Leesburg Today.
Expect this meeting to go forward, as there is nothing on the county calendar that creates a conflict for Eugene. Expect nothing much to happen, either, as Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman’s motion to have his office recuse itself and be replaced with a special prosecutor has not yet been decided. That motion is certain to be granted, but the choice of a new prosecutor probably won’t be made until after this meeting takes place. Eugene himself doesn’t really even have to be there. Most likely, the judge will want estimates of time for the trial, some idea of who and how many the witnesses are, and so on. He may also discuss other pre-trial planning, like discovery issues, etc. Regardless, this is an extraordinary proceeding that, by statute, is supposed to move quickly. A trial before the end of March is entirely possible. In the meantime, the budget process continues to lurch along, and it is hard to imagine Supervisor Delgaudio being able to devote his full attention to it while the sword of Damocles dangles over his head. Then again, since all he ever seems to do is propose absurdly low tax rates and hopeless program cuts, having him too distracted to participate may move things along more quickly.
Everyone with any objectivity about all this knows that actually removing Eugene from office is something a judge is very, very unlikely to do. But, you never know.
Some pretty strange things have been known to happen in Loudoun county’s courts.