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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney to retire

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

Arlington County Commonwealth's Attorney Richard E. Trodden does not plan to seek a fifth term next year as the county's top prosecutor, he announced Wednesday.
He has endorsed Chief Deputy Theo Stamos to succeed him.

Trodden has been commonwealth's attorney since 1993.

"This is my home town and to have done the work I love in the place where I grew up has been a tremendous privilege," Trodden said.

In endorsing Stamos for commonwealth's attorney in next year's race, Trodden said "She is the right person at the right time."

Stamos, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, joined the office in 1987 and was promoted to deputy commonwealth's attorney in 1998. Since 2002, she has been Trodden's chief deputy.

"I'm passionate about the work our office does and I'm grateful for Dick's endorsement," Stamos said. "I'm looking forward to campaigning and to winning the support of the voters of Arlington and Falls Church."

By Allison Klein  | December 1, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
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Good riddance.

He is a heavy-handed autocratic prosecutor who has criminalized many situations involving ordinary citizens (as opposed to career criminals or those with past histories) that, in any other jurisdiction, would have been dealt with via mediation, civil resolutions, etc.

Many Arlington county attorneys despise working with him and his staff due to their harsh and unreasonable tactics.

Trodden truly is a dick, it's not just his name.

Let's hope that some day he needs someone to be reasonable with him and he gets the same harsh treatment he enjoys doling out to members of his community.

Posted by: fendertweed | December 1, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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