Libertarians call for Harrisonburg, VA Attorney Garst to Resign

LIBERTARIAN message to Harrisonburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst: RESIGN!
By John Munchmeyer
LPVA Communications Committee

Libertarian Party of Virginia Calls for the Resignation of Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst After Raid of Newspaper

RICHMOND, VA — On Friday, April 16, 2010, Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst arrived at the offices of ‘The Breeze’ (the James Madison University student newspaper) with police officers in a raid demanding photographs taken during an altercation between police and students at Springfest on April 10. They told the editor, Katie Thisdell, if she didn’t comply, they would seize computers and other equipment.

“This is absolutely chilling,” said Bill Wood, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Virginia.

“It is the kind of thing you would hear happening in the former Soviet Union or Cuba, not in the United States of America. In this country we respect the freedom of the press, which is fundamental in protecting our liberty. Ms. Garst should immediately offer her resignation. Based on her actions, she is unfit for public office. Any government official who violates the Bill of Rights should be removed and prosecuted.”

For more information, please contact Bill Wood, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, at Chair@LPVA.com or (540) 955-8086.

5 thoughts on “Libertarians call for Harrisonburg, VA Attorney Garst to Resign

  1. Ron Getty

    Dear All;

    This DA is but a waif compared to what Lincoln did during the Civil War. If you did not support the Union position and spoke out in your newspaper you could expect to have your printing press destroyed and the newspaper publisher/editor in federal or military prison. No trial no charges just straight to prison.

    One does wonder what the Virginia state shield laws are like if any? One does wonder if the DA had search warrants or subpoenas? I am betting – NOT!!

    Ron Getty
    Vice Chair
    Libertarian Party San Francisco

  2. Erik

    We landed in Normandy (1944) to put a stop to fascism. It’s too bad we lost the war.

  3. Dave Briggman

    Ron, just like the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, you’re making lots of allegations with absolutely no facts.

    As the former Communications Director of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, I can assure you that Marsha has a valid search warrant, signed by a Circuit Court Judge for Harrisonburg and for Rockingham County.

    While I do agree that Marsha’s search probably violated federal law, her search was neither a criminal violation of the law, nor would it rise to the level of an offense which would cause her to be removed from office. Because a Judge signed the search, Marsha had a good faith belief that her warrant was valid.

    The statute providing for removal is ยง24.2-233 of the Code of Virginia. The petition requires cause, and there is no cause here under Virginia law. I know, I wrote a successful petition to remove the Harrisonburg City Treasurer from Office about two years ago, that this prosecutor defended before the Circuit Court Judge who signed the warrant for Marsha.

    It is astounding that the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia was prompted to issue a press release that fails to mention the judge who signed the warrant, appearing to make the Chairman look ignorant of both the process and of Virginia law.

    Calling for her prosecution was equally stupid since there was no criminal violation of either Virginia or federal criminal statutes.

    Yet another misstep for a largely ineffective, even impotent Libertarian state affiliate.

    Pretty goddamn sad.

  4. JERRY CASH

    I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT MENTION THE FACT THAT MRS. GARST REQUESTED THESE PHOTOS BEFORE THE RAID AS EVIDENCE TO HELP IDENTIFY THE STUDENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR CRIMINAL VIOLENCE. WHY WAS THAT A PROBLEM FOR THE STUDENT PAPER TO GIVE COPIES OF SAID PHOTOS TO THE D.A.

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