#MeToo Politician Sunny Reynolds’ Protective Order TOSSED

Posted on June 26, 2018

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“I actually thought he actually could have hit me.”

—Former Warrenton, Virginia Vice Mayor Sunny Reynolds

Translation: He didn’t actually hit her.

Question: Is the subjective impression that someone “could have” committed an act of violence a valid—or even rational—basis to seek the state’s protection after the moment has passed, and there was no violence?

Considering that statutes that authorize injunctive relief were enacted to check violence that actually occurred (or at least was actually threatened), the answer is a pretty resounding no.

Here, remarkably, is an instance of a judge actually agreeing.

A complaint of abuse by (now former) Warrenton, Virginia Vice Mayor Sunny Reynolds, one that has been criticized on this site, was this month thrown out by the court.

Context: Local real estate developer Keith MacDonald was alleged to have verbally accosted Ms. Reynolds in a restaurant in February, pointed his finger at her, and said, “I’m going to get you.” Then: “All it takes is 125 votes.” In other words, Mr. MacDonald allegedly threatened to run against her in an election that has since seen Ms. Reynolds unseated.

Judge Jeffrey Parker, as quoted in the Fauquier Times:

“I have little doubt the behavior was rude and impolite and made the petitioner uncomfortable,” Parker said. “This statue is not about rudeness or a lack of politeness” but, rather, calls for a level of force or threats that invoke “a reasonable apprehension” of death, sexual assault or bodily injury.

Ms. Reynolds, in contrast, reportedly testified she felt Mr. MacDonald’s spittle on her face.

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*The cost to Virginia taxpayers for this self-indulgent public tantrum by a member of their government, which involved law enforcement officials, besides several courts, and surely ran to the thousands of dollars, was not reported by the Fauquier Times.

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