A northern Virginia district attorney whose election was supported by George Soros is receiving scrutiny over her handling of several criminal cases involving allegations of violent crime and domestic abuse.
Loudoun County’s chief prosecutor, Buta Biberaj, has been criticized by attorney Jason Faw, who served as a prosecutor for 16 years before leaving the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in 2020. Faw told the county’s board of supervisors chairwoman that Biberaj and her policies are threatening public safety. Biberaj is also being questioned about her work on a case involving carnal abuse at a public school but has repeatedly refused to address the media about the issues.
Faw identified a case in which Biberaj and her top staffers directed a minor offender with a carnal abuse history back to a home with other children and another where she allowed the release of an offender who attacked a police officer before being arrested for strangling his son.
In an email written to board chair Phyllis Randall in October 2020, Faw said that he did not expect that Biberaj could be “salvaged.” He suggested that the county survive until she could be replaced in the next election. That email and others were obtained by watchdog group Virginians for Safe Communities.
Biberaj is one of the prosecutors elected with financial support for Soros-funded PACs in recent years. The Justice and Public Safety PAC, funded by Soros, donated $659,000 to her campaign in 2019. Even progressive figures in Loudoun County have questioned her approach to criminal cases, especially domestic abuse matters.
Faw detailed the drunk driving case. A defendant with almost three times the legal limit of blood alcohol was apprehended after being detected driving up to 90 miles per hour before flipping his vehicle while his young son was traveling with him. Both had to be extracted by first responders. Biberaj subsequently agreed to a plea deal allowing the defendant to serve only two days in jail. The agreement was initially rejected by the trial court judge but was later accepted.
Faw identified other cases in which Biberaj appeared to prioritize defendant rehabilitation and “restorative justice” than enforcing the law as enacted by the state legislature.
Biberaj will stand for reelection next year. No Republican candidate has yet been announced for office.