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The online system that tracks Loudoun’s Circuit Court cases is a bit cryptic, but it has an entry that appears to show “Paul Sheridan” has been assigned by the state Supreme Court to preside over the rest of the Delgaudio removal proceedings:
If that’s the case, it would seem to be the Paul Sheridan now working with The McCammon Group, a “dispute resolution & prevention” services firm. Judge Sheridan appears also to have retired from the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Arlington, after serving on the bench for 18 years, the last five of those as Chief Judge of the court. It seems reasonable to assume that, as a retired judge, he has both the credentials and the time to devote to this important proceeding.
Nothing in the court calendar as yet regarding when the next court appearances will take place, but the statutory requirement that this type of matter take precedence is clearly in full effect. Stay tuned.
[FirewallNOVA got this report from a spectator at today’s hearing.]
Substitute Circuit Court Judge Herman A. Whisenant heard argument today on a motion in the Brambleton v. LCPS case. It’s actually titled “Kelsey v. Loudoun County School Board,” but it exists because a number of parents of Briar Woods HS students who live in Brambleton are unhappy that the school board’s latest attendance-zone map moves their children out of Briar Woods. The law does allow anyone who is negatively affected by a school board’s decision to ask a court to review it, but the review is kind of limited and the court can only overturn the school board if the court finds the decision was “arbitrary and capricious.”