"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

End of an Era

Bob Horan, the long-time Commonwealth's Attorney in Fairfax County, is retiring.

Horan has been the top prosecutor in Fairfax for some 40 years, watching Fairfax grow from a sleepy, mostly rural Virginia county to a million-resident economic powerhouse. Along the way, he prosecuted several death penalty cases, and most recently won fame for convitions in the Lee Boyd Malvo case (failing, however, to obtain a death sentence) and the Mir Aimal Kasi terrorist/CIA shooting case.

Here is an interesting summary of some of Horan's murder convictions, including an infamous Roy Rogers multiple murder that happened shortly after my family and I moved to Fairfax County in the 1970s.

Horan helped set the standard for professional, ethical, and tough prosecution among Virginia's prosecutors. Many of his assistants went on to become judges, including one circuit judge whom I clerked for who worked for Horan in the late 60's, then did some private practice and spent an entire career on the bench and retired several years ago, while Horan still kept going, and going, and going....

He is an institution and will be missed.

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