My dear citizens, there is wonderful news to report, if you don’t already know or haven’t heard, Ms. Jeanette Irby will be the new Circuit Court Judge in the 20th Circuit. I am pleased, for so many reasons, mainly because Lorrie Sinclair did not get the appointment. However this post is written to congratulate Ms. Irby and the 20th Circuit legislators for recommending Ms. Irby.
In a recent article in Leesburg Today the following statement was made
her experience working as a criminal defendant taught her “you may not agree with your client yet they may have a valid legal position… I learned it’s not as cut and dried as you think, and it really helped me to develop empathy and to really search for the truth.”
These words are encouraging and inspire some hope. The statement, if sincere, will bring a much needed breath of fresh air to the Loudoun County Circuit Court. Currently the Circuit Court is infected with the likes of Sandra Glenney, it needs to be cleaned. I am pleased that Ms. Irby, in the past, has served as a criminal defense attorney. Typically, most judges have never defended a client in a criminal case. Most are directly hired into the District Attorney’s Office, aka Commonwealth’s Attorney Office and then they become a judge.
This may come as shock but not every accusation is true and not every defendant is guilty. An even greater shock is that sometimes a defendant does not receive a fair trial. A judge can help facilitate a fair trial, a judge cannot stop prosecutorial misconduct but he or she can grant discovery to a defendant. One of the more concerning issues with Lorrie Sinclair is that she has no ability to control her bias.
It is encouraging and promising that Ms. Irby does have experience in defending clients, unfortunately some judges are an extension of the prosecutor’s office. It is important to keep in mind that exonerations are at an all-time high; suffice it to say there are issues with the judicial system, it is far from perfect. Judges and their bias are a large part of the problem. We can only hope that Ms. Irby will help the 20th Circuit become an example of judicial integrity.