Shenk: Barbrow challenges status quo

Barbrow is what Stafford County NEEDS in a commonwealth’s attorney.

He’s seen “too many examples in the current administration where the lack of prosecutorial discretion has resulted in unjust convictions or sentences.” For him it’s about “fundamental fairness.”

“As a prosecutor, I will be tough but fair. I will be aggressive in my prosecution of the worst offenders.”

Most importantly, he will end the office’s practice of asking for jury trials too often. Stafford County was second to only Fairfax County in the number of jury trials held last year. When comparing Stafford to its similarly sized neighbor, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County convened 79 jury trials last year versus only 13 in Spotsylvania.

Something is seriously wrong with this picture and it is costing taxpayers dearly.

Barbrow believes that this practice is a “waste of resources.” If (When) elected, he will employ a “more diverse staff” and bring fiscal responsibility to the office.

What’s not to like about Tim. It’s no wonder that he is garnering so much bi-partisan support.

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