Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Steve Descano

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“...We will continue to do everything in our power to... pursue justice on behalf of the community and the Ghaisar Famil...
08/23/2021

“...We will continue to do everything in our power to... pursue justice on behalf of the community and the Ghaisar Family.” Read the joint statement from CA Descano and Attorney General Mark Herring regarding today's hearing in the case against the U.S. Park Police officers who fatally shot Bijan Ghaisar:

“...We will continue to do everything in our power to... pursue justice on behalf of the community and the Ghaisar Family.” Read the joint statement from CA Descano and Attorney General Mark Herring regarding today's hearing in the case against the U.S. Park Police officers who fatally shot Bijan Ghaisar:

Read CA Descano's statement regarding the July 19, 2021 officer involved shooting.
08/06/2021

Read CA Descano's statement regarding the July 19, 2021 officer involved shooting.

Read CA Descano's statement regarding the July 19, 2021 officer involved shooting.

“We want to have prosecutors who do nothing but this, because there is a lot of nuance to handling these types of crimes...
08/05/2021
15 new Fairfax Co. attorneys will focus solely on domestic violence, crime against children | WTOP

“We want to have prosecutors who do nothing but this, because there is a lot of nuance to handling these types of crimes as effectively as possible." Read WTOP News' coverage of CA Descano's creation of two new units dedicated exclusively to crimes against children and crimes of domestic violence: https://bit.ly/3juYeG5

Fairfax County, Virginia, is launching two new investigative units that will focus solely on domestic violence and crimes against kids.

CA Descano and the team engaged with community members across the County last night during National Night Out.
08/04/2021

CA Descano and the team engaged with community members across the County last night during National Night Out.

“Crimes against children and crimes of domestic violence are top priorities for my team and it’s best practice to have s...
08/04/2021

“Crimes against children and crimes of domestic violence are top priorities for my team and it’s best practice to have such cases handled by specialists... Establishing these specialized teams will allow us to be more responsive to the unique needs and requirements of victims of these crimes." See today's release about CA Descano's creation of two new units dedicated to crimes against children and crimes of domestic violence.

“Crimes against children and crimes of domestic violence are top priorities for my team and it’s best practice to have such cases handled by specialists... Establishing these specialized teams will allow us to be more responsive to the unique needs and requirements of victims of these crimes." See today's release about CA Descano's creation of two new units dedicated to crimes against children and crimes of domestic violence.

CA Descano dropped in on the Fairfax County Police Department's mobile recruitment unit in the Mosaic District this week...
08/01/2021

CA Descano dropped in on the Fairfax County Police Department's mobile recruitment unit in the Mosaic District this weekend to encourage efforts to recruit law enforcement personnel who are representative of our diverse and dynamic community.

CA Descano dropped in on the Fairfax County Police Department's mobile recruitment unit in the Mosaic District this weekend to encourage efforts to recruit law enforcement personnel who are representative of our diverse and dynamic community.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Pia Miller and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Sung Che Jo joined the Korean American B...
07/30/2021
Anti-Asian Violence in the DMV Area

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Pia Miller and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Sung Che Jo joined the Korean American Bar Association yesterday for a panel discussion regarding how our office and regional partners are remaining vigilant against potential hate crimes targeting Asian Americans: https://bit.ly/3fdXWlt

Join KABA-DC virtually for a powerful discussion and examination of the Anti-Asian American hate violence in the Washington, DC - Maryland - Virginia area.

Watch CA Descano's press conference with Chief of Police Kevin Davis earlier today regarding the indictment of a former ...
07/21/2021

Watch CA Descano's press conference with Chief of Police Kevin Davis earlier today regarding the indictment of a former Fairfax County police officer for engaging in sexual misconduct with a minor in the Public Safety Cadet Program.

Watch as Chief Kevin Davis stands with Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County Steve Descano to announce the indictment of a former Fairfax County police officer. https://youtu.be/mH_hvKIAaok

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney was honored to host Prof. Kristin Henning of Georgetown University's School of...
07/17/2021

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney was honored to host Prof. Kristin Henning of Georgetown University's School of Law today for a training on implicit bias. This training will help equip our team to best serve our diverse and dynamic community.

“Talking to the community, I realize that in many corners of our county, there are people who don’t trust the criminal j...
07/15/2021
Hard numbers: Fairfax Co. prosecutor seeks to quantify disparities in justice system | WTOP

“Talking to the community, I realize that in many corners of our county, there are people who don’t trust the criminal justice system, and think that there are disparities... I think this data is going to show us exactly where to focus our resources, so we can attack those disparities." Read WTOP News's coverage of the data initiative CA Descano announced yesterday: https://bit.ly/3kjMhVt

With the national discussion on criminal justice reform, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano said he wants to see some hard numbers.

CA Descano and Deputy CA for Community Justice Pia Miller joined the Fairfax County Council to End Domestic Violence's m...
07/15/2021

CA Descano and Deputy CA for Community Justice Pia Miller joined the Fairfax County Council to End Domestic Violence's meeting this morning to share what the office is doing to prioritize such crimes -- and learn about other such work being done by agencies and advocates across the County.

CA Descano and Deputy CA for Community Justice Pia Miller joined the Fairfax County Council to End Domestic Violence's meeting this morning to share what the office is doing to prioritize such crimes -- and learn about other such work being done by agencies and advocates across the County.

“When I took office, I promised this community I would urgently work toward the day when no neighbor’s race, income, or ...
07/14/2021

“When I took office, I promised this community I would urgently work toward the day when no neighbor’s race, income, or zip code influenced how they were treated by our local justice system... We cannot change what we don’t measure. This data will be the community’s data, and I look forward to working with our community to address any disparities it surfaces.” Today CA Descano announced the launch of a state-of-the-art data program to track and mitigate racial disparities in Fairfax County's justice system. The office will be partnering with national experts, including Vera Institute of Justice and American University School Of Public Affairs.

Yesterday evening CA Descano joined the Korean American Association of the Greater Washington Area to discuss the priori...
07/08/2021

Yesterday evening CA Descano joined the Korean American Association of the Greater Washington Area to discuss the priorities of the office, gather input from leaders in the Korean American community, and affirm the office's commitment to counteracting discrimination against Asian Americans in Fairfax County.

Yesterday evening CA Descano joined the Korean American Association of the Greater Washington Area to discuss the priorities of the office, gather input from leaders in the Korean American community, and affirm the office's commitment to counteracting discrimination against Asian Americans in Fairfax County.

"We’ve had cases that went through where innocent people went to jail." Read about why CA Descano started working with o...
07/07/2021
Criminal justice changes in Virginia prompt debate over how prosecutors are funded by the state

"We’ve had cases that went through where innocent people went to jail." Read about why CA Descano started working with other elected officials to reform the state's funding formula for prosecutors shortly after taking office. The current formula incentives an overly punitive approach that fuels mass incarceration.

A state-commissioned study set to begin this month will examine whether to alter a funding formula that awards jurisdictions with more felony convictions.

CA Descano joined Virginia Boys State this morning to inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue public service.
06/22/2021

CA Descano joined Virginia Boys State this morning to inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue public service.

CA Descano joined Virginia Boys State this morning to inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue public service.

06/19/2021

The Office of the Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney wishes a meaningful Juneteenth to all community members. May we recommit to working toward equal justice for all.

“We remain fully committed to pursuing justice for the family and community in this case, and are encouraged that the Ju...
06/15/2021
Justice Dept. reverses course, will assist prosecution in Park Police killing of Bijan Ghaisar

“We remain fully committed to pursuing justice for the family and community in this case, and are encouraged that the Justice Department is cooperating with this pursuit.” Read the Washington Post's coverage of the Justice Department's decision to further cooperate in the case against the U.S. Park Police officers who took the life of Bijan Ghaisar after CA Descano and Attorney General Mark Herring urged the Department to do so: https://wapo.st/2TztdHo

After the Trump administration's Justice Department refused to help local prosecutors in the Ghaisar shooting, new Attorney General Merrick Garland changed that decision

“Crimes committed against young people by a person in a position of trust are particularly disturbing and will always be...
05/25/2021
Former Fairfax County teacher accused of taking lewd images of students pleads guilty

“Crimes committed against young people by a person in a position of trust are particularly disturbing and will always be a priority for my office... As a prosecutor and a parent, my heart goes out to the victims in this case and their families.” Read the Washington Post's coverage of former Herndon High School teacher Raphael Schklowsky's guilty plea: https://wapo.st/3uma08Z

The case is one of a number in recent years that show how voyeurs armed with technology have been able to capture troves of images.

CA Descano attended a Diversion First stakeholders meeting yesterday evening. Topics included the Marcus Alert System, a...
05/25/2021

CA Descano attended a Diversion First stakeholders meeting yesterday evening. Topics included the Marcus Alert System, an initiative to match community members experiencing a mental health crisis with mental health services when an emergency is reported -- instead of depending exclusively on law enforcement to respond.

CA Descano attended a Diversion First stakeholders meeting yesterday evening. Topics included the Marcus Alert System, an initiative to match community members experiencing a mental health crisis with mental health services when an emergency is reported -- instead of depending exclusively on law enforcement to respond.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Miller represented the office at the graduation ceremony for the Fairfax County M...
05/21/2021

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Miller represented the office at the graduation ceremony for the Fairfax County Mental Health Docket this afternoon. The mental health docket is an important alternative to incarceration for many in the community charged with crimes and experiencing mental health difficulties. Thanks to Chairman Jeff McKay, Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik, and Supervisor James Walkinshaw for celebrating the accomplishments of today's graduates.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Miller represented the office at the graduation ceremony for the Fairfax County Mental Health Docket this afternoon. The mental health docket is an important alternative to incarceration for many in the community charged with crimes and experiencing mental health difficulties. Thanks to Chairman Jeff McKay, Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik, and Supervisor James Walkinshaw for celebrating the accomplishments of today's graduates.

“The dash camera footage showing yet another young person of color being killed by law enforcement resulted in a cry for...
05/20/2021
Virginia prosecutors ask Justice Department to reconsider decision to not prosecute Park Police killing of Bijan Ghaisar

“The dash camera footage showing yet another young person of color being killed by law enforcement resulted in a cry for answers and justice... Sadly, the most significant impediment to answering that cry was the Trump Administration." Read the Washington Post's coverage of yesterday's letter from CA Descano and Attorney General Mark Herring to The United States Department of Justice encouraging them to reassess the Trump Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the Park Police officers who shot Bijan Ghaisar: wapo.st/3fwuc2w

The Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr declined to charge two Park Police officers in a 2017 shooting, but Virginia prosecutors want Merrick Garland's department to reconsider.

"Si tiene información relevante, la presenta. No necessicita tener medio de ICE o de una deportacion. No toleramos los q...
05/13/2021
Policía: Mujer pretendía ser abogada y ofrecía servicios legales de inmigración sin licencia

"Si tiene información relevante, la presenta. No necessicita tener medio de ICE o de una deportacion. No toleramos los que aprovecha a nuestros vecinos immigrantes." Se sospecha que la Jasmine Moawad se representa falsamente a sí misma como abogada y se dirige específicamente a miembros de la comunidad latina. Llame al 1-866-411-TIPS si tiene información relevante para la investigación: bit.ly/3eLN1zq

La Policía del condado Fairfax, en Virginia, ha anunciado el arresto de una mujer que pretendía ser una abogada y ofrecía servicios migratorios a la comunidad latina, pese a no tener ningún una licencia o las credenciales necesarias.

"I'll never know what its like to be afraid for my life in a traffic stop, but for too many people in our community, tha...
05/13/2021
DOD employee stopped 'without proper legal basis' speaks out

"I'll never know what its like to be afraid for my life in a traffic stop, but for too many people in our community, that's the daily reality," Watch 7News DC's story on why CA Descano dropped the charges associated with the traffic stop of Juanisha Brooks: https://bit.ly/3og9pV6

The Department of Defense employee arrested in what the Commonwealth's Attorney is calling a stop made "without proper legal basis," is speaking out after the charges were dropped. "The entire night was a nightmare," said Juanisha Brooks. It started in the early morning hours of March 6, when Brooks...

"We have no tolerance for individuals who prey on our immigrant neighbors because our immigrant neighbors make our commu...
05/13/2021
Fairfax County police say suspect posed as a lawyer to take money from immigrants she wasn’t licensed to help

"We have no tolerance for individuals who prey on our immigrant neighbors because our immigrant neighbors make our community whole and my office will do everything in its power to safeguard Fairfax County's immigrant communities." Watch Fox 5 DC's coverage of the investigation into Jasmine Moawad, who is suspected of falsely representing herself as an attorney and specifically targeting members of the Latino community. Call 1-866-411-TIPS if you have information relevant to the investigation: https://bit.ly/3ybF4v9

A Fairfax County woman has been accused of masquerading as a lawyer, and taking money from immigrants she wasn't licensed to help.

05/12/2021
Press Conference May 12, 2021

"I want to especially make clear to members of our community who feel they have been ignored by the justice system that we take crimes against them seriously... that means that those with relevant information need not fear immigration consequences should they report it. We have no tolerance for individuals who prey on our immigrant neighbors... Immigrants make our community whole and my office will always do everything in our power to safeguard Fairfax County’s immigrant communities." Watch CA Descano's remarks regarding today's arrest of Jasmine Moawad, who is suspected of falsely representing herself as an attorney and specifically targeting members of the Latino community.

Statement from CA Descano on the Arrest of Jasmine Moawad
05/12/2021

Statement from CA Descano on the Arrest of Jasmine Moawad

Statement from CA Descano on the Arrest of Jasmine Moawad

CA Descano spoke with local Iranian-American newspaper The Tehran Post about the office's criminal justice reforms, his ...
05/07/2021

CA Descano spoke with local Iranian-American newspaper The Tehran Post about the office's criminal justice reforms, his pursuit of justice for the Ghaisar Family, and the team's dedication to ensuring every segment of the community has a voice in our courthouse.

CA Descano spoke with local Iranian-American newspaper The Tehran Post about the office's criminal justice reforms, his pursuit of justice for the Ghaisar Family, and the team's dedication to ensuring every segment of the community has a voice in our courthouse.

Tonight CA Descano joined OAR Nova, Judge Michael Lindner, Loudoun CA Buta Biberaj, and Melissa Labriola of RAND Corpora...
05/06/2021

Tonight CA Descano joined OAR Nova, Judge Michael Lindner, Loudoun CA Buta Biberaj, and Melissa Labriola of RAND Corporation to discuss how diversion programs help keep our community safe and drive down racial disparities in our criminal justice system.

Tonight CA Descano joined OAR Nova, Judge Michael Lindner, Loudoun CA Buta Biberaj, and Melissa Labriola of RAND Corporation to discuss how diversion programs help keep our community safe and drive down racial disparities in our criminal justice system.

CA Descano Commends Passage of FY 2022 Budget by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
05/04/2021

CA Descano Commends Passage of FY 2022 Budget by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

CA Descano Commends Passage of FY 2022 Budget by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Joint Statement from CA Descano and AG Herring on Decision to Keep the Case against two U.S. Park Police Officers who Fa...
04/23/2021

Joint Statement from CA Descano and AG Herring on Decision to Keep the Case against two U.S. Park Police Officers who Fatally Shot Bijan Ghaisar in Federal Court

Joint Statement from CA Descano and AG Herring on Decision to Keep the Case against two U.S. Park Police Officers who Fatally Shot Bijan Ghaisar in Federal Court

ICYMI: "My heart really does goes out to the victims. Job #1 for my office is community safety and protecting victims." ...
04/23/2021
Northern Virginia doctor indicted on r**e charges in Fairfax County

ICYMI: "My heart really does goes out to the victims. Job #1 for my office is community safety and protecting victims." Watch WUSA 9's story on CA Descano's indictment of Drew John Steiner for r**e: https://bit.ly/2PlZcta

Drew John Steiner was indicted for r**e, abduction and unlawful videotaping. He has been behind bars since September 2020 on charges he assaulted his wife.

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Try revealing the real Steve Descano and the cases you routinely elect not to prosecute, or drop without ever having discussed the case or your decision with crime victims.
What has happened to common courtesy, politeness, manners, respect for victims, citizens of Fairfax County, & honoring a human's concern? It has Certainly been lost by The Fairfax County Police Department, their Officers, Fairfax County Magistrates, and that is a pity, if not tragic, especially in 2021 during Covid 19!!! Sincerely, Alarmingly Disappointed, & How Dare You!
Please sign and share this petition!
Please talk to legislators to craft a law that would make the behavior of Hewitt towards Derrick Thompson a crime. If that was not criminal, the laws need to be changed!
Please reconsider your position on animal welfare cases and continue to prosecute the most serious offenses.
You are going to stop prosecuting animal abuse cases? Seriously?
Thomas Haynesworth Marvin Anderson START GETTING IT RIGHT- NOT. JUST. CLOSED
Thomas Hainsworth...Marvin Anderson....Virginia HAS put innocent people behind bars! Do your job BETTER! Unless you have REAL EVIDENCE-don’t prosecute
Worthless FFX county prosecutors!!!
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