Delgaudio Lawyer: Don’t Compromise Investigation

The supervisor’s attorney responds to those critical of a canceled meeting about the issue.

"Future events will show Chairman York acted wisely by not scheduling the announced special meeting. Everybody, including bloggers, needs to be patient and let Ms. Stamos do her job. When she is done, the Board can decide what actions, if any, to take. Until Ms. Stamos [Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos] has finished, it is best for all directly involved in the process not to comment publicly to avoid compromising the investigation.”

Charlie King, attorney for Supervisor Delgaudio, responding to the cancellation of an announced special meeting that was to be held Nov. 20

Al Nevarez November 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
If anything is compromising this investigation, it is Chairman York's efforts to cover this scandal up.
Satchmo November 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Charlie, the undercover LCSO officer who recently was accused and is still innocent until proven guilty is on admin level. Prudent move don't you think? Well we have a Supervisor accused and still innocent until proven guilty charged with fraud and ethics violations. I think it would also be a prudent move to vote in the administrative elements of the Williams proposal. Why in the world is Delgaudio involved in the Finance, Government Services & Operations Committee? Delgaudio is being investigated for financial fraud. Delgaudio has also been allowed, while under investigation for ethical violations against employees, to help debate and reform the role and employment policies of Supervisor Aides. Clearly an issue with that don't you think? What if the allogations are proven? Will all the BOS and committee work done were Delgaudio was involved while under investigation going to have to be reviewed? Avoid the issue and sit him down from committee assignments. It's the prudent thing to do and I think it is a grand stretch to think that action would hinder a fair investigation.
Brambleton76 November 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Mr. King, what's going to compromise the investigation and creditability of your client will his past questionable actions, ethical decision making, and his scandalous past.
Myth Buster November 16, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Satc, I think it would be appropriate for Supervisor Delgaudio to voluntarily (and temporarily) step down from his current committee assignments. Especially while there is an active criminal investigation in to his "purported" wrong doing. It's the honorable thing for Delgaudio to do. Conversely Supervisor Williams' proposed Nov 20th motion (now nixed by Chairman York) will only expose how deep the cracks are and how dysfunctional the 9-0 Republican Board really is. I also agree that is it highly inappropriate for Delgaudio to be involved in either drafting or discussing any new policies as it relates to Supervisors aides. And it was highly inappropriate for Delgaudio to vote on his own investigation. Sadly, this only shows Chairman York's failed leadership and his own complicity on this highly controversial. Who sits on evidence for 6+ months?
Anthony Fasolo November 17, 2012 at 02:37 PM
At the very least Supervisor Del Gaudio should be put on adminstrative leave of absence and stripped of all power pending the outcome of the investigation. Shame on Chairman York for cancelling this meeting and for not standing up for good government and adult representatives
Janie Oldham November 18, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Why should Supervisor Delgaudio be put on leave? there are no criminal charges against him, only charges made by a disgruntled, fired, employee. Why should Delgaudio's district have no representation because an ex employee is pissed off?
joe brewer November 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM
You are right Janie it's a investigation at this point. No charges against Eugene have been filed by a attorney. Eugene is the subject not a investigator so the attorney and their team should do the work and decide along with BOS if there is enough to oust him. If not then maybe the hissy fits from the Millers and the Weintraubs will stop along with their harrasment.
David Weintraub November 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
This could well be the most bizarre development yet in the course of this investigation and cover-up. If this statement puzzles you, ask yourself whose interests it is that Mr. King is alleged to be representing. When are the rest of the board - apart from York, Clarke, and Delgaudio himself, all actively engaged since March in trying to withhold evidence from the prosecutor - going to take responsibility for governing? In any other case in which an individual was under criminal investigation, that individual would be without question placed on administrative leave. Yes, representation for Sterling is very much at issue. Any "representation" the Sterling district would be getting from Mr. Delgaudio during an ongoing investigation is tainted by the possibility of criminal conduct. That's just the way this process works. Any constituent needs can be routed through Mr. York's office for the duration of the investigation. Reschedule the regular business meeting and do your job.
Al Nevarez November 18, 2012 at 05:25 PM
"Disgruntled, fired employee" - Ms. Oldham, I understand it may be in your nature to simply regurgitate talking points, but I will call this one out every time. Ms. Mateer was fired for her refusal to engage in unethical and likely illegal activities on Supervisor Delgaudio's behalf. There is ample evidence to support those claims. There are also statements from two other Delgaudio employees supporting her claims. That particular talking point is flat out wrong, and Ms. Mateer deserves more respect than that.
Jaxmanjoe November 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM
It's standard procedure to put someone on administrative leave when they are accused of a crime related to their job. York is digging his own hole deeper by continuing to support Delgaudio over common sense. Lack of ethical behavior compounds with each action York takes in this matter. Shame on him.
joe brewer November 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Who has been accused? It's still a investigation and until a authority files it's not a criminal accusation. Horse before the cart there Al?
David Weintraub November 21, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Scott York at his Town Hall meeting last night stated that he personally found a document in the package he received from Ms. Mateer that indicated criminal conduct, and at that point turned over those documents to Jack Roberts. That "discovery" came seven months after he received the documents, and only then after the Washington Post article was published, and York's statement is at odds with the letter from Jack Roberts to Dan Wright indicating that this evidence was actually discovered by the investigators hired by the county and is the reason that the internal investigation is now suspended - but let's set that aside for a moment. Mr. Delgaudio is now under criminal investigation, because prosecutors have determined that there is enough evidence to warrant such investigation. This situation is the same as one in which there is enough evidence that a pilot has flown a plane under the influence to warrant an investigation. The airline wouldn't wait to see if charges are filed before grounding the pilot, would they? Of course not. The distinction here between "only" an investigation and the filing of a criminal charge is a red herring. Removal of Mr. Delgaudio from his decision-making positions pending the outcome of the investigation is not, as it has been falsely characterized, intended as punishment. That would be wrong. It is rather the standard and prudent response to protect citizens who may be impacted by his conduct.
joe brewer November 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
What prosecutors are you talking about? York? This is not about drunk driving or bombers at airports it's alleged contribution collecting. I am sure we are safe enough from Mr. Delgaudio at the present time that we can let Stamos do the job. Red herring indeed but your altruistic concern for our benefit has been jaded by the constant barrage of attacks on Eugene. Don't jeopardize any actions by talking foolhardy assumptions as law, making snap judgments that could reach up and bite you further down the road. Sidewalk commandos as attorneys are as dangerous to law as Eugene is portrayed to be to contributions.
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Marcus Aurelius November 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Supervisor Delgaudio has brought continuing shame and ridicule upon the residents of Loudoun County for years. He has used his position to encourage discrimination against minorities, fanned the flames of mistust of immigrants, and during his tenure has regularly and publicly directed hate speech toward the GLBT community. During a Board of Supervisors meeting, he used the pronoun "it" to refer to a transgendered person. Yet this Board has done nothing, claiming the lack of authority to do so. Each of the eight other Supervisors has looked the other way while Delgaudio continued his hatemongering. Is this because all the other Board members are also Republican? As is often the case in political wrong doing in government going back as far as the Nixon Administration, it is now coming to light that there was alos a coverup by the Board Chairman, Scott York. He deliberately withheld evidence during the initial inquiry into the matter of Delgaudio's malfeasance by the Loudoun County Commonweath attorney office. The result was a finding of no merit and the matter was not pursued. Fortunately, Loudoun County residents formed a PAC to force the release of this withheld information, which Chairman York did reluctantly, leading to the appointment of the Arlington Commonwealth Attorney as special investigator. York has done nothing to dispell his apparent nonfeasance as the Board's chair. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, maybe this is really a coverup!
David Weintraub November 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
"What prosecutors are you talking about?" Joe, do you understand what a commonwealth's attorney is?
joe brewer November 22, 2012 at 02:50 PM
No one at this time is being prosecuted are they David? It is still a investigation by the CA meaning no charges have been filed by the attorney David. Unless i missed something you are trying to try eugene by swaying the public perception of the man and that ain't evidence in my book. Let Stamos do the job and quit blowing every nuance into a moutain. .
David Weintraub November 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Eugene Delgaudio is under criminal investigation by the prosecutor to determine whether there is enough evidence to file charges. It is customary to put someone under such investigation on administrative leave or otherwise suspend their duties pending the outcome of such investigation. As I already said, an employer doesn't wait until charges are filed to take such prudent action. The investigation alone is sufficient to trigger it. Especially when the target of the investigation is participating in policy-making decisions about the very conduct for which he is under investigation.
joe brewer November 22, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Is he raising more money? Then you can just hope and pray but eugenie is pretty slick if he gets a wrist slap out of this whole ordel I'll be surprised You don't pass the judgements nor does Satchmo when it comes to the BOS. Let the CA do her job then proceed when you have something concrete.
David Weintraub November 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
"Is he raising more money?" Who knows? And that's exactly the point.
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