4-20-2016 – Attorneys Andrew T. Bodoh and Jonathan M. Arthur of the Virginia civil rights firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. are proud to represent Delegate Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) in a lawsuit against Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.
“Delegate LaRock wants the Attorney General to follow the law and to do his job in a timely manner,” said Mr. Bodoh. “As an elected member of the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate LaRock has a right to receive advice from the Attorney General in the form of a written advisory opinion. Mr. Herring’s office has failed to provide that advice for seven months.”
Mr. Arthur explains the background of the case: “Last September, Delegate LaRock asked the Attorney General for a written opinion as to the meaning of the term ‘sex’ in Virginia anti-discrimination law. Delegate LaRock was proposing legislation that may impact the issue. The Attorney General’s Office acknowledged his request but has yet to issue an advisory opinion on the matter, as the law requires.”
Virginia Code § 2.2-505 requires the Attorney General to “give his advice and render official advisory opinions in writing . . . when requested in writing . . . [by] a member of the General Assembly . . . .” The Attorney General’s website (http://ag.virginia.gov/index.php/citizen-resources/opinions/official-opinions) states these advisory opinions “are legal advice, not personal opinions, and do not reflect the attorney general’s personal views about what the law should be. Such advice is provided to ensure clients/the requester are in compliance with the law. While the opinions may be given deference by the courts, they are not binding on the courts.”
Delegate LaRock’s lawsuit, filed on April 19, 2016, in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond asks the Court to issue an order compelling the Attorney General to perform his lawful duty. The lawsuit was served on April 20, 2016, and a response is due from the Attorney General in twenty-one days.
“We the citizens of Virginia have expect our elected officials to do their duty and to follow the law,” says Attorney Bodoh. “The Attorney General of Virginia is the primary lawyer for the Commonwealth, her legislature, and the state offices and agencies. As citizens we expect him to serve his clients promptly and diligently. Delegates should not have to obtain a court order to compel a timely response.”
The rule of law and liberty is important to the law firm. The civil rights law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC previously successfully defended one of Richmond’s iconic cross-dresser’s known as “Dirt Woman” who was improperly discriminated against at one of Virginia’s Governor’s inauguration and charged with “impersonating a member of the press.”
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