The more you inquire and delve into the inner workings of a Loudoun County Courtroom, the more disturbed one becomes. Judge Horne once hailed as “The epitome of fairness” may not live up to that mantle, Lorrie Sinclair once considered to be a lock for a spot on the Loudoun County Circuit bench has failed at least two times to attain that goal. It is a very small secluded world in Loudoun County as far as the Courts ago. One has to remember that despite the claims of being the wealthiest county in the US, Loudoun County is still somewhat rural and is definitely Southern. In other words it still remains a very backwards and unsophisticated culture. The judicial system unfortunately shares in the lack of sophistication.
To this writers utter dismay Lorrie Sinclair was selected as a substitute Judge in 2011 , what a poor substitute judge she has made. Do not despair, it is only a six-year appointment. The citizens of Loudoun will be rid of her in 2017. More incredible was that she was actually recommended by the Loudoun Bar Association as a judicial candidate. Perhaps 2017 will usher in the end of her judicial aspirations and involvement.
How does one become a substitute judge in the backwoods of Loudoun County, it is quite simple. The below excerpt is taken from a 2011 issue of the Loudoun Bar Digest. .
SUBSTITUTE JUDGE VACANCY Applications are being sought for the position of Substitute Judge for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Although appointed in this Circuit, the Substitute Judge would be eligible (but not required) to serve in the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts throughout the Commonwealth. Interested parties should send a letter of candidacy as well as a current resume to The Honorable Thomas D. Horne, Chief Judge, Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Virginia, P.O. Box 727, Leesburg, Virginia 20178 by January 30, 2011.
As you can see it is as simple as mailing your resume to Judge Thomas D. Horne without any oversight or public scrutiny. Judge Horne made his decision without any oversight or public scrutiny. The plan for Ms. Sinclair was to server as a substitute judge and simply wait for Judge Chamblin and Judge Horne to retire. After they retired , she felt she would get the nod to be a judge; joyfully this never happened.
The relationship between Judge Thomas D. Horne and Lorrie Sinclair can be explored further. This is where Christopher M. Zveare enters the picture. I will attempt to describe the story to the reader. In 2012, after Sinclair was selected as a substitute judge by Thomas D. Horne. She was acting as a Guardian Ad Litem in a custody case, acting being the key word, in which Judge Horne was presiding. She did very little to fulfil her obligations as an independent and impartial Guardian Ad Litem. She formed a biased opinion and neglected any evidence that contradicted her belief. This bias included overlooking very questionable evidence.
At some point during the case, Christopher Zveare of Loudoun County , submitted a very questionable document as evidence of a relocation that would separate a parent and child for years. The document pictured above could not be authenticated in any fashion, all fact-finding indicated that the document was fraudulent. All information was provided to Judge Horne and Lorrie Sinclair that proved that the document was more than likely a fraud. It didn’t matter , Horne and Sinclair showed no interest in determining the truth of the matter.
A Circuit Court Judge (Horne) and an active substitute Judge (Sinclair) accepted the very questionable memorandum at face value. Judge Horne also blocked any type of discovery, Lorrie Sinclair following Judge Horne’s direction never inquired about the authenticity of the document. It was a setup, Judge Horne allowed the relocation while never allowing any type of formal discovery about the nature of the move. Sinclair as the Guardian Ad Litem, never inquired about the memorandum she simply went along with Judge Horne,
If you think for one fraction of a second, that truth and justice is the goal of a Courtroom in Loudoun County you are sadly mistaken.