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Should Fauquier County build a new structure to house its 3 courts?

The board of supervisors Thursday received a consultant’s report that estimates the cost of a new courthouse — on West Lee Street near the sheriff’s office — at $54 million to $65 million.

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Linda Ward
October 14, 2020 at 4:17 pm
Jennie - Until he is flushed down the sewer, YES! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Linda Ward
October 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm
Truepat - You commented on this board that you had CV-19 and lived to tell about it. How are you still feeling? Do you, since having had the virus, believe that Trump was telling the truth, and that with him it just disappeared? (❁´◡`❁) Keeping it real, already voted!
October 14, 2020 at 6:23 am
Jennie that's just their reminder to vote 😉
October 14, 2020 at 5:53 am
Really....does EVERYTHING need to be about Trump!!!!
Linda Ward
October 13, 2020 at 10:26 am
Why don't we work to have less crime instead of more, then there won't be a need for more courtrooms. Spend the money on mental health programs and drug intervention.
October 13, 2020 at 6:19 am
How could you ever replace the grand old General District Courtroom that has seen many come and go since 1890, according to records, what better deterrent for wannabe's then the march of the prisoners chained together and marched through the courtroom to the prisoner room......
Cammie Rodgers
October 12, 2020 at 7:53 pm
Do we even need courts anymore? jim, Trump loves him some court action. President Donald Trump has been involved in thousands of lawsuits.

Verdict: True

Analyses of court records confirm that Trump or his companies have been named in thousands of lawsuits.

Fact Check:

California filed over 20 lawsuits against the Trump administration in 2017 over issues ranging from Obamacare to environmental regulations. Becerra, who has led many of these suits, scored a recent win by obtaining a temporary halt on the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. Discussing this victory, Becerra claimed that Trump has been party to “thousands” of lawsuits.

“Clearly, the President has continued to be arbitrary and capricious in the way he’s tried to undo things,” Becerra said. “And that’s why, as I said before, we haven’t lost a case yet against Donald Trump, a guy who should know how to operate in the courts since he’s been sued or sued himself thousands of times.”

An ongoing investigation by USA TODAY has so far identified over 4,000 lawsuits dating back to the ’70s in public court records. Other top real estate magnates have been involved in far fewer suits according to the news outlet.

An April 2016 analysis by Bloomberg similarly identified at least 1,300 Trump-related lawsuits since 2000 alone.

Many lawsuits involving Trump were related to his gambling ventures. USA TODAY uncovered about 1,600 lawsuits that stem from Trump-connected casinos going after gamblers who had failed to pay their debts, in addition to numerous suits from casino patrons with personal injury claims.

Trump has a reputation for litigation, and Trump or his companies have filed lawsuits against a variety of parties such as local governments, a beauty queen and media outlets.

Trump in 2015, for instance, filed a $100 million lawsuit against Palm Beach County, Florida for allegedly directing noisy air traffic over his Mar-a-Lago resort on purpose. (The lawsuit, dropped after Trump won the presidential election, was not the first time Trump had sued the county.)

Trump has also utilized the threat of lawsuits for more political purposes. He threatened to sue then-presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz during the Republican primaries for running allegedly false ads, and recently threatened to sue the publisher of Michael Wolff’s “Fire And Fury” for defamation.

Some commentators have attributed Trump’s litigious conduct to his mentor, Roy Cohn, an attorney who advised former Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s infamous anti-communist probes. “Roy Cohn taught Donald how to come out punching, how to use lawsuits like machine gun bullets, and take a no-prisoners approach to city hall, to your business opponents, to anyone else who might get in your way,” “TrumpNation” author Timothy O’Brien told PBS’s “Frontline.”

But despite Trump’s reputation for suing others, Trump and his companies have themselves been sued many times, including high-profile lawsuits over Trump University, employee salary disputes and defamation.

A Jamaican model, for instance, sued Trump Model Management in 2014 for allegedly withholding hundreds of thousands in promised wages from her. A Trump lawyer called the claims “frivolous and bogus.”

Lawsuits against Trump have extended beyond just his business dealings. Three protesters sued Trump in 2016 for allegedly inciting violence against them by repeatedly calling to “get them out” of a Kentucky campaign rally.

Analyses by Bloomberg and USA TODAY, however, differ over whether Trump sues or gets sued more often.

USA TODAY’s findings indicate that Trump sues slightly more than he gets sued as a proportion of all identified lawsuits.

Bloomberg, on the other hand, filtered out unremarkable lawsuits related to Trump – such as personal injury complaints – from its initial tally of 1,300. It found about 200 noteworthy lawsuits, and Trump or his companies were the defendant in almost 70 percent of those cases.

As Becerra makes clear, the litigation against Trump has not ceased after he entered the White House. Trump or the Trump administration were sued over 60 times in federal court during the first three weeks of his presidency alone, a figure that does not include lawsuits filed in state and local courts."

Why would anyone that is honest and acting within the law have so many lawsuits? Your turn jim............
jim goodwin
October 12, 2020 at 3:42 pm
Find a suitable open space, pitch a large tent and hold court there. Saves money, ensures plenty of room for social distancing.

Do we even need courts anymore? We're moving Left so due process is a thing of the past anyway.
Jerome Fields
October 10, 2020 at 4:04 pm
Fix Warrenton Middle School. Bring country wide INTERNET to the people.
October 9, 2020 at 7:26 pm
The county government spends taxpayer money like a drunk sailor . Why not plan for the future and move the county government out of old town . Temporarily use empty school buildings for temporary housing of courts or offices . Building on a longer term schedule and budget to not break the bank .
Every time a new proposal comes up it’s always way over budget when completed.
Cammie Rodgers
October 9, 2020 at 11:48 am
Move the jail to a more suitable location is my opinion, and make it attached to a new courthouse. Get it out of middle of Old Town.
Mark House
October 8, 2020 at 8:03 pm
Infrastructure is needed. The county's residents NEED reliable INTERNET, the WHOLE county not just the northern region, not more courtrooms, at this time.
Linda Ward
October 8, 2020 at 4:19 pm
What would happen to the old buildings? Didn't the Town buy the Old BBT Bank, what is going in there? Where is the agenda to repair Warrenton Middle School and what happened to the new Library?
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