Neal suspension ruling Friday

Brent Finnegan -- April 30th, 2008

To recap the latest developments in the Neal case in court this afternoon, technically City Treasurer Becky Neal is still in office, but the demurrer was overruled. Judge Lane ruled to delay Neal’s petition hearing by six weeks. However, on Friday, he will decide whether or not to temporarily suspend Neal.

The petition hearing is now scheduled for June 12, while the criminal trial isn’t due to begin until August 4.

19 Responses to “Neal suspension ruling Friday”

  1. finnegan says:

    So strange to think that the petition hearing is scheduled for June 12, and to think that last June 12, Benny and Becky Neal were hanging out with all the local bloggers on the rooftop of Dave’s.

    What a difference a year makes.

  2. Gxeremio says:

    I’m wondering what they will discuss at the June 12 hearing. Either the judge will have already decided to leave her in office until the trial or to suspend her until the trial. It would be rather presumptuous to completely remove her from office before a trial that was already scheduled.

  3. TM says:

    It is my understanding that the suspension would be until the June 12th “show cause” hearing.

  4. Gxeremio says:

    Makes sense. I’m wondering how the petition signers feel, having been led to believe the petition was for suspension until the trial, not removal before the trial.

  5. David Miller says:

    Maybe they feel as though they were a bit hasty in trying to circumvent the legal system, and also a bit upset because someone that they view as needing to be removed may not be for some time.

  6. Dave Briggman says:

    Jeremy, I sometimes think you’re a genius and other times, I think you’re a total wonk.

    I wrote the petition so that her guilt or innocence in the criminal trial wouldn’t be a factor in the removal process.

    The petition alleges her acts were without statutory authority…thus, in order for her to stay in office, she’s going to have to show a statute which allows her to use the City Treasury as a payday loan facility.

  7. Dave Briggman says:

    Jeremy, the petition clearly seeks removal. The petition requests the judge to suspend Neal pending her removal. It’s clearly stated on the petition.

  8. Dave Briggman says:

    David Miller. We were “trying to circumvent” which legal system and how? Since the petition is founded is Virginia statutes, why not explain this to all of us who are not as learned as you?

  9. Gxeremio says:

    OK Dave, thanks for making your intention with the petition clear. It was expressed differently to me by a guy who came to my house for signatures.

    You are such a card, by the way. Hope all is well in your world.

  10. Dave Briggman says:

    Thanks, Jeremy.

  11. David Miller says:

    Dave Briggman. I appreciate the fact checking, you weren’t “trying to circumvent”, you were trying to “expedite the existing legal proceedings”. Feel better about that wording?

  12. Dave Briggman says:

    No, actually, those latter comments are even more ignorant. The two legal proceedings, as Judge Lane stated yesterday, are completely different.

  13. Gxeremio says:

    Yeah, they’re “separate” proceedings with the same judge, the same defendant, the same Commonwealth’s Attorney, the same set of alleged misdeeds, and the same cast of characters in the peanut gallery. :)

  14. Dave Briggman says:

    Different burdens of proof, and the burden is on the defense in the instance of the petition.

    Jeremy, you never explained how one could go from freedom-loving Libertarian to flaming liberal.

  15. Gxeremio says:

    Well, I deny the flaming liberal charge, so the question is invalid.

    I moved away from pure libertarianism because of pragmatism. If you’re curious, my ideal scenario would be a Christian socialist community (by free association) under a libertarian government. But I think I’ll have to die to attain that in heaven. In the meantime there are a lot of suffering people who are hurt by “force and fraud”, two things the libertarians say government should work against.

  16. Barnabas says:

    I thought I was reading Crocktown for a bit there.

  17. finnegan says:

    Neal Suspended.

    Jeff Shafer (chief deputy commissioner of revenue) has been appointed to fill in indefinitely.

  18. David Miller says:

    Mr Shafer has been a very professional and competent Chief Deputy Commissioner, I’m sure he’ll fill position well until this can all get sorted out.

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