Two challengers unseated incumbent Democratic prosecutors in northern Virginia, notching another win for the national movement for a more compassionate criminal justice system.
Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, a veteran criminal defense attorney serving as legal director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, defeated Theo Stamos, who presently serves as Arlington County commonwealth’s attorney, or what is usually called a district attorney in other states’ counties.
In neighboring Fairfax County, Steve Descano, a former federal consumer protection attorney, unseated commonwealth’s attorney Raymond Morrogh.
Having secured the nomination in a solid blue county just outside Washington, Dehghani-Tafti and Descano virtually assured a victory in the general election.
Their wins “represent the real power that issues like criminal justice reform have among