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Letter: Commonwealth’s Attorney contender has right skills for the job

“Today we have a challenger who has 20 years in criminal justice and who understands the urgent need for reform; a position held across a broad political spectrum – not only liberals but conservative libertarians at the Cato Institute and conservative Republicans like Ken Cuccinnelli.”


Arlington’s ‘Habitual Drunkards’: Prosecutors Embrace a Controversial Tactic Impacting the Homeless

“It’s inappropriate, unfair, and it doesn’t work,” Brad Haywood, Arlington’s chief public defender, told ARLnow. “In over 15 years as an attorney, I’ve served as a public defender in two of the few jurisdictions that still actively enforce this law. While I can think of many who owe their sobriety to residential alcohol treatment, intensive outpatient services and the expertise and compassion of mental health professionals, I can’t think of anyone who owes their sobriety to interdiction. Not a single person.”

Press Release: Parisa D. Tafti Campaign Outraises Incumbent in First Finance Reporting in 2019

Press Release: Indivisible Arlington Announces Endorsement of Parisa D. Tafti

Press Release: Gene Rossi, Former Federal Prosecutor and Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Announces Endorsement of Parisa D. Tafti

Video: Del. Jennifer Carroll-Foy, Packed House of Supporters, Help Parisa Tafti Kick Off Her Campaign for Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney


Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe aims to unseat Democratic prosecutor who opposed him on felon rights

“Three years ago, Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos bucked her party and its leaders to oppose then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s attempt to restore voting rights to over 200,000 felons by executive order. Now a year out of office, McAuliffe (D) is pushing back. On Sunday, he endorsed Stamos’s primary challenger, a reform-minded defense lawyer named Parisa Tafti.”

Arlington’s Top Prosecutor Draws Primary Challenger, Kicking Off Battle Over Criminal Justice Reforms

“It’s not reform if it doesn’t change anything, and it doesn’t seem to me that she’s actually changing much of anything,” Dehghani-Tafti told ARLnow. “And getting rid of cash bail and coming up with alternatives will take a lot of work, and no one size fits all, but it’s not something that gets done in a press release.”

Upstart candidates for prosecutor hope to bring reform wave to Northern Virginia

“Parisa Tafti became a lawyer because a college friend was wrongly found guilty of rape, a conviction that was overturned five years later. Over the past two decades, she has sought to get other innocent people out of prison by challenging the work of prosecutors. Now she wants to become one.”

Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos Draws Primary Challenge From “Lifelong Public Defender and Innocence Protection Attorney” Parisa Tafti

“No social reform aimed at making us a more perfect union – be it employment, housing, voting, mental health care, education, family well-being, or the ever-pressing work for racial justice — can happen without first establishing a fair and humane criminal justice system.”

There’s a Wave of New Prosecutors, And They Mean Justice.

“As prosecutors know, locking people up makes them more prone to committing offenses in the future. They can lose their earning capacity and housing, leaving them worse off, often to the point of desperation. And so the community is often better served by interventions like drug or mental-health treatment, or by restorative justice approaches, in which a person who has caused harm makes amends to the victim. In some cases, the best response is to do nothing.”