Tate Defense Shaking Things Up
Ed MacMahon, Mark Tate’s attorney, filed a bunch of attention grabbing motions in Tate’s defense yesterday, as reported by Garren Shipley at Northern Virginia Daily (link here).Â I’ve heard that Shipley has been under big time pressure from connected folks to drop his pursuit of this information, but apparently he is undeterred.Â Good for him.
Three attorneys are subjects of motions to subpoena them -Â Jim Plowman, Jill Vogel, and Whit Robinson.Â Others include Laurie Letourneau and Robin DeJarnette, and a bunch of candidates who also had mistakes on their campaign finance filings but faced no prosecution, including Patricia Phillips, Chuck Caputo, Bruce Roemmelt and others.Â I’m surprised none of the Loudoun supervisor candidates weren’t on that list, since we all know how many mistakes were made there.
I am thoroughly convinced that this was a political hit job and a clear case of selective prosecution, as alleged by the Tate defense.Â I still give Jill Vogel the benefit of the doubt as to her direct involvement in it, but there is no doubt that her supporters sought to damage Tate just before the primary, in decidedly unsavory ways.Â
Republican State Central Committee member Kate Gunter filed an affadavit that says it all in my opinion.Â In describing a call from Robin DeJarnette, director of VPAC, who leaked the news of Tate’s imminent indictment, she says “I asked her why they were trying to harm Mr. Tate.Â Ms. DeJarnette stated as follows:Â “We took the soft approach at first and had people Mark trusts ask him to step down and he refused.Â Now, Mark will be indicted for embezzlement and perjury in the next two weeks.Â Then Mark is going to jail.”Â I was shocked by these comments”.
This really really stinks.Â As I’ve said many times, if Tate has done anything illegal he certainly needs to suffer the consequences, but those consequences must be evenly applied across the board.Â As we all know, those associated with the GOBN in Loudoun County NEVER have to face these types of consequences.Â This case demonstrates all too well what happens to those who buck the powers that be.