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Judge dismisses recall effort against Delgaudio

Wednesday - 6/25/2014, 1:50pm  ET

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- A judge has dismissed a recall petition filed against Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio after a prosecutor said there was insufficient evidence of wrongdoing.

Delgaudio, a four-term supervisor known as an outspoken social conservative, had been accused of using his county staff to raise funds for his political campaigns. A criminal grand jury last year declined to indict him, but a group of Loudoun County Democrats sought his ouster under a rarely used law allowing for removal of elected officials who misuse their office.

But Arlington County Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos, appointed to prosecute the case, told a judge at a hearing Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence of any wrongdoing, and the judge dismissed the petition.

Delgaudio says he has been wrongly targeted because he opposes gay rights.


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