Buta Biberaj’s office plagued by ‘almost weekly errors’
Josh Christenson • November 10, 2022 1:40 p.m.
A Virginia prosecutor backed by progressive billionaire George Soros has botched another homicide case, freeing a second murder suspect in less than a month.
Loudoun County Judge James Plowman said Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Office Buta Biberaj (D.) “presented a phenomenal series of missteps” in the prosecution of a delivery driver charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Biberaj’s office failed to provide defense attorneys with evidence and subpoenas for expert witnesses, prompting Plowman to dismiss the case last week, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reported.
The failed murder case is the latest misstep by the Soros-backed prosecutor. Biberaj office in October by mistake freed a man accused of murder who fled to Georgia before being arrested by the police. Plowman – who served as the county’s Commonwealth prosecutor from 2004 to 2019 – took the rare step this year to remove Biberaj from two cases, one of which involved his office’s attempt to “sell” a plea deal by covering up past theft charges.
Soros’ Justice and Public Safety PAC contributed more than half a million dollars to Biberaj’s 2019 campaign. She is among three other progressive prosecutors who ousted veteran Northern Virginia prosecutors that year, along with Fairfax County’s Steve Descano (D.) and Washington County’s Parisa Dehghani-Tafti (D.) Arlington.
Michele Burton, an assistant prosecutor in Biberaj’s office, was set to argue that Abdul Waheed knew and served as a getaway driver for Furqan Syed. Both Waheed and Syed have been charged with the murder of Najat Chemali-Goode, a 57-year-old mother of two who was shot dead in her home in December 2021. Burton planned to have a medical examiner and a member of Loudoun County. the sheriff’s office testifies.
The testimony reportedly backed up Waheed’s ties to Syed, allowing Plowman to put the case to a jury. Biberaj’s office obtained phone records and text messages between the two that apparently showed their plans to kill Chemali-Goode.
But Burton did not send Waheed’s defense attorney the records, or the witness statement, in time for a trial.
Accordingly, Plowman granted the attorney’s request to dismiss Waheed’s charges, given the prosecution’s lack of evidence. Syed will stand trial in April for the murder, along with five related charges. He is being held without bail at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
Burton, who also handled the October missing murderer case, took responsibility in court for the failure. “I told my paralegal I would, and I got concerned,” she told Plowman. “I’m going to fall to my sword and say it’s my fault.”
But Andrew Kersey, a former district attorney for neighboring Fairfax County, told the Free Washington Beacon that Burton should go further and resign.
“If it was a lawyer in private practice, it would be a malpractice issue — it would be an issue with the bar,” Kersey said. “It seems like we get almost weekly mistakes coming out of this office – big mistakes on big files. And I don’t know how you deal with victims of crime in Loudoun County and say, ‘My bad. We’ll do better next time.'”
Biberaj’s office declined to comment.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said his office provided Biberaj prosecutors with a “detailed, thorough and compelling case for trial”, and that he was “extremely disappointed” with the way the case was handled. had been processed.
“Our detectives, analysts, digital forensics examiners and crime scene investigators have poured their hearts and souls into this investigation, working countless hours to ensure Najat’s family gets justice,” Chapman said. said. “Our community deserves better.”