Commonwealth’s Attorneys Robert Horan and Paul Ebert have made the final cut in The Agitator’s competition for “Worst Prosecutor Of The Year” award, beating out thousands of other candidates to get into the final five. Make sure you visit and help ensure Northern Virginia gets the recognition it deserves, as our finest have some really tremendous competition, and it’s going to be hard to beat some of the other candidates.
Here’s our write-up:
Horan and Ebert each had an opportunity to launch an investigation into the massive corruption and civil rights violations taking place in Manassas Park, Virginia in the David Ruttenberg/Rack ‘n’ Roll Pool Hall case. Despite ample evidence uncovered by yours truly and Virginia politics blogger Greg Letiecq, as well as the findings of a Virginia State Police investigator also recommending a formal investigation, both declined.
Ebert and Horan are both long-serving prosecutors, firmly entrenched in Virginia’s good ol’ boy network. Ebert’s been such an awful public servant, his recent reelection campaign (for which he faced no real opponent) inspired a write-in campaign for a ham sandwich. Horan gets bonus points for his refusal to find anything on which to indict Fairfax County police officer Deval Bullock, the man who somehow accidentally shot and killed unarmed, nonviolent gambling-on-football-games suspect Sal Culosi during a SWAT raid. Not that that decision should be terribly surprising. Horan hadn’t brought a single indictment against a police officer in 40 years on the job.
Horan retired in September. Ebert won reelection this year.
It’s hard to handicap our chances this year, but it’s certainly an honor to be noticed.
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