Update: McEachin Calls for Special Prosecutor

Colette McEachin, Richmond Commonwealth’s attorney, has asked the Richmond Circuit Court to appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether Mayor Levar Stoney broke any laws when using emergency powers to assign a $1.8 million statue-removal contract to Devon Henry, a campaign contributor.

Councilwoman Kim Gray, who is running against Stoney for mayor, requested McEachin to conduct the investigation. Last month the C.A. had declared that she had a conflict of interest on the grounds that Henry had previously made a modest contribution to her husband, Rep. Donald McEachin. The inquiry seemed stalled, but yesterday’s ann0uncement indicates that it could continue moving forward.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a Stoney spokesman said that an investigation “will find everything was done above board and appropriately. Only one firm was willing to do the work, considering the politically charged nature of it.”

Bacon’s Rebellion, which broke the story of Stoney’s conflict of interest, has uncovered evidence that the mayor did not follow all emergency-procurement requirements and that other municipalities, from Baltimore, Md., to Brunswick County, Va., have taken down Civil War statues for a small fraction of what Richmond was charged. You can follow the evolution of the controversy here.

— JAB

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9 responses to “Update: McEachin Calls for Special Prosecutor

  1. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    This is a positive development. Still a good chance the squeaky wheel is going to get some grease.

  2. Always watch the middle-man. That’s where the money ends up. Look at the books of NAH, LLC. How much of the $1.8M ended up there? It’s an old trick. Speaking of which … whatever happened to Eileen Filler-Corn’s re-enactment of the Stony & his Crony caper?

    https://www.baconsrebellion.com/wp/records-we-dont-need-no-stinkin-records/

  3. More kudos

  4. And kudos to Ms. McEachin for recognizing a possible conflict of interest that *could* give reason for any subsequent appeal, and to act accordingly.

  5. Baconator with extra cheese

    How long until the guys in the wind breakers show up?

  6. re: ” … has uncovered evidence that the mayor did not follow all emergency-procurement requirements ”

    might want to say “suggests”.

    It’s up to the court to draw the conclusion… based on evidence presented.

    I’m betting this is going to be a tempest in a teapot…although that’s what Bob McDonnell thought also! 😉

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