Thursday, July 4, 2013
A Richmond Circuit Court judge on Wednesday refused to compel Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and one of his assistants to testify in the embezzlement case against Todd Schneider, former chef at the Executive Mansion.
Circuit Court Judge Margaret Spencer wrote in her ruling that because Schneider is not questioning the legality of the grand jury, the validity of the indictment or the appointment of the special prosecutor, the issue of whether to dismiss his case is a question of law.
“Therefore, no testimony is needed about conflicts or ‘prosecutorial decisions’ by former prosecutors” the judge wrote, referring to Cuccinelli and Patrick Dorgan, a senior assistant to the attorney general.
On Monday Spencer will hold a hearing on Schneider’s motion to dismiss the four felony counts of embezzlement.
In advance of the hearing, the mansion’s executive director, Sarah Scarbrough, has been subpoenaed to testify in the case.
Schneider has accused the governor and first family of using mansion resources for private political and personal events. Schneider has been charged with four counts of felony embezzlement related to the theft of food and supplies.
— Richmond Times-Dispatch