Radio host and SchillingShow.com founder, Rob Schilling today filed suit (click to view) against the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and each of its members.
The action follows a settlement agreement between Schilling and three individuals (Leo Mallek, David Carey, and Lawrence Bouterie) regarding Schilling’s assault at the hands Albemarle County elections workers. That assault took place while Schilling was attempting to cast a vote in the June 2021 Democrat Primary. In this instance, Schilling alleges that the all-Democrat Board of Supervisors illegally voted in “closed session” to approve the settlement of Schilling’s federal voting rights lawsuit, and that the County has effectively hidden the votes of all supervisors on this important issue. Worse, says Schilling, is the fact that it is unknown whether Supervisor Mallek recused herself from voting to settle a lawsuit involving her husband, Leo Mallek.
“It doesn’t get more ridiculous,” said Schilling, “than the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors flagrantly violating the law in process of approving a payment to compensate me for their own agents’ violations of another law.” Schilling continued, “The legal limitations on the use of closed-session meetings and the requirements for public votes are there to protect the public, and violators must be held accountable.”
Attorney Matthew Hardin has grave concerns about the Board’s actions. “Rob sued in federal Court because his rights were violated by poll workers in Albemarle County,” Hardin said. “We’re glad Rob prevailed, but politicians who vote to settle serious allegations like these must vote to do so in an open session. They didn’t do that here, and taxpayers should worry that each and every one of the supervisors failed to uphold their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.”
Schilling hopes his suit will not only course-correct the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, but will also inspire other citizens to ensure accountability for government agents and officials who mistakenly believe that they are above the law.
For further information, contact Attorney Matthew D. Hardin (202) 802-1948