A group of local Democrats – all former members of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee – have vowed to press on with the pursuit of information they say they was wrongly withheld regarding the investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling).
A special prosecutor is investigating allegations by a former Delgaudio aide that the work he asked her to perform violated the law. Delgaudio has denied any wrongdoing.
Real Advocate PAC – an apparent play on the name of the organization Delgaudio works for in his private time, Public Advocate of the United States – contends that the Loudoun General District Court should have turned over documents related to the case following a previous Freedom of Information request. The county failed to comply, and the county attorney argued Wednesday in court that the documents should not be turned over because they are now part of a legal investigation, and therefore not subject to FOIA. The judge agreed and Real Advocate plans to appeal to the Loudoun Circuit Court.
[Correction: The initial story indicated there was a previous court ruling related to these documents. The decision not to turn them over came from the county, so Real Advocate took the issue to court. This was the initial ruling, which Real Advocate plans to appeal.]