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Judges want a say in holiday display decision

It’s Christmas-in-July in Loudoun County where the supervisors again are planning to grab the third-rail issue of courthouse holiday displays.

Before the leaders vote on public displays at the courthouse, however, Chief Circuit Judge Thomas Horne wants to let local judges speak up on the issue. As reported by the Loudoun Times, Horne has written to the supervisors chair to ask for a postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled discussion of the court display policy. Horne said he will be out of town on Tuesday.

The current policy allows up to ten unattended displays on the courthouse lawn upon application on a first-come, first-considered basis. The policy resulted in some “unpopular” displays, however, and the supervisors are considering revival of an outright ban on courthouse displays.

By Peter Vieth

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