This is from a Voter in Joe May’s District…He should take notice,
Del. Joe T. May,
As your constituent, I trust that you faithfully discharge your official duties and I rely upon the written communications sent to your constituents to be fact-based and free from deception. However, I have recently come to doubt the veracity of a claim you made in the “THE DAVID LAROCK FILE” which was created, authorized, paid for, and mailed to me by “Joe May for Delegate.” The more I look into the merits of the allegations therein, the more concerned I become that you have intentionally attempted to deceive me. Of course, you could have simply made a mistake, or now realized it to be such – please know that I warmly embrace apologies for such offenses and quickly extend forgiveness.
As background, an elderly neighbor recently approached me and asked who I was going to vote for in the upcoming primary election for the 33rd District – my neighbor was even kind enough to bring me a “Re-elect May” yard sign. I asked him why I should vote to re-elect you and he stated that he’s voted for you for 20 years and that you are a good delegate. He then went inside his house and retrieved a copy of “THE DAVID LAROCK FILE” which we all recently received by mail and continued that “we can’t trust” David LaRock because he was “arrested” last year. I told him I would look into the matter and get back to him about accepting the “Re-elect May” yard sign and voting for you in the upcoming primary election.
True to my word, I have continued to look into the allegation of Mr. LaRock’s “arrest” as alleged in “THE DAVID LAROCK FILE” by using the Virginia Judicial System’s Case Status and Information service online, reviewing the source documents displayed in “THE DAVID LAROCK FILE,” reading the letter by Mrs. Critchley about the incident, reading the Loudoun Times article, asking some of your and Mr. LaRock’s vocal supporters about it in the LCRC Facebook group, and conducting my own research into what defines “arrest” per the Code of Virginia, Virginia Supreme Court decisions, and relevant Virginia Attorneys General opinions.
From my research, I am now quite convinced that despite the strong claims made in “THE DAVID LAROCK FILE” that Mr. LaRock was “arrested,” Mr. LaRock was not “arrested” in Loudoun County in 2012 but rather “summoned” to appear in the Loudoun General District Court. According to the opinion of two previous Attorneys General of Virginia, servicing of a summons does not constitute an “arrest” per Section 19.2-76 of the Code of Virginia (see 2009 Op. Va. Att’y Gen 09-070 (service of criminal show cause summons does not constitute ‘arrest’ or trigger requirement to report to Central Criminal Records Exchange.) and 1975-1976 Op. Va. Att’y Gen. 13, 15 (interpreting CCRE reporting requirement in context of summons issued pursuant to § 19.2-73)). Further, the Supreme Court of Virginia has held that an arrest involves “a person who is detained in custody by authority of law or one who is under legal restraint” (see Moore v. Commonwealth, 218 Va. 388, 394, 237 S.E.2d 187, 192 (1977) (interpreting meaning of “arrested” in context of § 19.1-163.1; noting that person whose freedom of movement and liberty is not subject to legal restriction is not person who is arrested)).
I am unable to find any argument to support your contention that Mr. LaRock was actually “arrested.” If I have missed something in my analysis, I invite quick correction as the primary election is just a few days away. However, if my analysis is sound, your claim of an “arrest” is a false statement of fact and I am very concerned that you would send this false statement to me and my neighbors in the 33rd district just before the primary election.
Finally, I believe it is necessary to acknowledge that all of us have made poor choices in this life and that forgiveness only has meaning if it is available for intentional wrongs as well as innocent mistakes. As such, I would like to respectfully offer you the opportunity to apologize to me for sending me these false allegations about Mr. LaRock so that this may be put behind us before the election and the trust which I had placed in you (until just recently) as my delegate may be restored. As I previously mentioned, I am quick to accept apologies and extend forgiveness for wrongs and I ask you to carefully consider this opportunity.