December 16, 2016
One local judge retiring; two seek reappointment
Judges J. Gregory Ashwell (general district), Jonathan S. Lynn (juvenile and domestic relations) and Jeffrey W. Parker (circuit court).
I like dealing with constitutional issues, statutory issues — applying the law to the facts.
— J. Gregory Ashwell, general district court judge
Two of Fauquier’s three judges next year will seek reappointment to the bench.
Virginia’s General Assembly during its 2017 session that starts Jan. 11 will decide whether to approve another term for Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker and General District Court Judge J. Gregory Ashwell. Those two judges underwent interviews with a joint House-Senate committee Friday, Dec. 2, in Richmond.
> Judicial performance evaluation summary at bottom of story
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Jonathan S. Lynn will retire June 30, 2017, when his six-year term ends.
All three judges serve the 20th Judicial District, which includes Fauquier, Loudoun and Rappahannock counties.
Circuit court judges serve eight-year terms; general district and juvenile and domestic court judges serve six-year terms.
Judge Parker got appointed in 2001. His term ends April 30.
“I enjoy the job, as a general rule” and will be eligible for full retirement in about two years, the judge said. But if Judge Parker, who will be 65 in March, gets another term, he may not complete it.
Health issues and retirement eligibility partly figure into that decision. He has had severe back and hip problems recently, Judge Parker said.
“It hasn’t been easy,” the judge said. “I’m still struggling through it.”
Under the current circumstances, Judge Parker said it would be unlikely that he would serve until age 73.
Judge Ashwell got appointed in 2011. His term expires June 30.
“I love what I do,” the judge said of his decision to seek a second term. “I don’t see any reason not to. My wife may have something to say about that.”
Calling the work “intellectually challenging,” Judge Ashwell, 59, said: “I like dealing with constitutional issues, statutory issues — applying the law to the facts.”
Judge Lynn, 68, toyed with the idea of seeking a second term.
But, “I didn’t want to get 18 months, two years into a second term and decide, ‘Hey, I’m going to retire’,” the judge said. “I think it made more sense to make the decision now’.”
He got appointed to the bench in 2011. His term expires June 30.
Before his court appointment, Judge Lynn served 25 years as Fauquier commonwealth’s Attorney and practiced law with a Warrenton firm 10 years before that.
Calling his law career “very fulfilling,” Judge Lynn sounds like he welcomes retirement.
“I’m looking to having some time to putter around the house and spend time with family,” he said.
The local bar associations and state legislators in coming weeks will consider endorsements for candidates to succeed him.
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WatchingWarrenton · January 11, 2017 at 9:37 am
InsureJustice · January 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm
"With all Due Respect to George Thompson - owner/Editor,
I had first hand experience in Fauquier's Court system as a result of timber theft on my property. It was done with the knowledge of Sheriff Fox, Magistrate Harding, reports to Fauquier Deputies and State Troopers I filed reports in 2010 and 2012 and requested protection from the Courts.
Judge Parker refused to allow equal protection of my rights by denying me an injunction against ongoing timber theft. The rulings and actions by Judge Parker and others in Fauquier covered up timber theft. Allowing for my property to be taken without compensation, as litigation was conducted to damage me - not to enforce the laws on the books.
This is not enlightenment and covering up grand larceny through legal loopholes is not integrity. Failure of a Judge to allow for equal protection by law (or deny compensation for damages)is bias and prejudice within the court system. Lots of cases. Marterella, Corrine Salahi, Martha Boneta, Patricia Cook, Napier, Harrington, and Irinia Barrett (now deceased).
Fauquier's history does not comply with enlightenment - I have seen the bias and obstruction to justice by denying evidence for a favored side, while loopholing the victim. This court discriminates against outsiders attempting to join the community and exploits them by allowing frivilous lawsuits and hides injustice from the outside world with favorable opinions by the owners of the news when victims speak out. With fake news trending - Buyer Beware.
Timber Theft Victim / Victim of Injustice by the Court
WatchingWarrenton · January 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm
WatchingWarrenton · January 6, 2017 at 10:48 am
This week the local new newspaper's, The Fauquier Times, new owner: Mr. George R. Thompson wrote a bizarre editorial. I’ll repeat that: The newspaper owner wrote an editorial in the paper he bought from Peter Arundel last fall. Newspaper owners don’t do that, normally.
A question I posed to Mr. Thompson involved his relative literacy. Being literate involves more than knowing the alphabet. Mr. Thompson’s editorial sharply contradicts the Fauquier Times Democrat's previous editorial regarding Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Parker’s performance on the bench.
My one singular comment: Mr. Thompson’s recent observations in the newspaper he just bought, regarding the Circuit Court judge who sits on the bench in Warrenton and Little Washington, fly in the face of state and federal law enforcement entities as well as the Judicial Review evaluations written by 155 attorneys and jurors appearing before Judge Parker. Mr. Thompson was provided a written copy of that written evaluation that ranks the 20th Circuit judges’ performance the lowest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It’s in writing. It’s fresh. Beware of fake news, propaganda, marketing and other branding ideas that Mr. Thompson might display in his little “newspaper”.
Virginia’s Judicial Review Report was submitted to the Virginia General Assembly on December 1, 2016 as Fauquier Now noted in this article of December 16, 2016. Where's the news curious George ?
TooTrue · January 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm
Would it not be a breath of fresh air to have judges selected from beyond the Fauquier pool of the local legal networkers?
InsureJustice · January 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm
About Fair and Impartial Judges and obtaining a Fair Trial in Fauquier County.
The Judicial Inquiry Review Committee is the committee which is to enforce Judicial Canons. Commonwealth Attorney James Fisher is on this panel.
In Fauquier, there is one Circuit Court Judge and one District Court Judge (with one or two other visiting judges for absences).
One Judge's wife owns Piedmont Dispute Resolution. One Judge's son is frequently before the Court in which his father has sway.
Courts must be fair and impartial to allow for fairness and the equal protection under the law. Property Rights is a great concern to all landowners.
When the local friendships, family ties, and business interests become intertwined with application of the law - we, as a County suffer. We, the people, suffer as our private land rights, rights as parents, or simply the right to be free from vindictive targeting for harassment through the court, county, or interference with our rights to enjoy our property peacefully is entangled in actions resulting in litigation - especially when the Court system shows favoritism to certain local attorneys, family ties, or simply sees the Court system as a game to be won at all costs. The cost is democracy, justice, and equal protection for all.
It is time for change in Fauquier Court system. The same Judges for years, allows favoritism and prejudices to arise.
For examples - take Kate Marterella's case. Martha Boneta. The County should not work with favored members of our community (or appearances of such) to take property rights from one party without equal application to all County residents.
What about timber theft? When a jury verdict awards compensatory damages to a victim, and the judge disagrees and allows for the overturning of such an award? Where is that justice?
There were many constituents at the Legislative Hearing that gave reasons for not reappointing two of these judges. Perhaps the solution is to simply grant fresh air and new locales to allow them to continue their judicial careers - avoiding the long establishment of friendships or familial relationships that interfere in non-prejudicial decisions, bias in favor of friendships, which would discourage the use of litigation for improper purposes and insure that justice is fair to all Fauquier residents.
New Judges for Fauquier should be implemented and reappointments of these judges should not occur in Fauquier. If only, to avoid the appearance of impropriety to the public and those who are harmed by their decisions.
TooTrue · December 19, 2016 at 9:24 am
All three of them are subpar. The local bar even has charges pending against one of its members again. It is a small pool but some good choices still exist along with many bad ones too.
BJ · December 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm
Without naming names, it has been said about one Judge that if he knows your family you will get a lighter or no sentence, even in the case of a DUI/DWI. There must be better photos of these men, they look like mug shots at the county jail.
Gharrington · December 18, 2016 at 11:15 am
Judge Jeffrey Parker has the lowest scores amongst his peers in Virginia . He is last amoung all Circuit court judges !
Why reward poor performance ?
Gharrington · December 18, 2016 at 11:12 am
Judge Parker blatantly lied to the panel on December 2 . Jeffrey Parker believes he's above the law and does not have to follow proper protocol . A lot of the members were concerned because Judge Jeffrey Parker gives above and beyond the required sentences . Jeffrey Parker's wife works at the mediation company which is a huge conflict of interest and many of the members were concerned about this . Judge Jeffrey Parker use his position to attack citizens of Fauquier county .
The General assembly must listen to the citizens and Judge Jeffrey Parker must not be allowed to serve another term on the bench
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