Brunswick County judge accuses DA of running a scheme

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Submitted: Sat, 04/16/2011 - 2:06am
Updated: Sat, 04/16/2011 - 7:54pm

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It sounds like something out of a crime novel. A Brunswick County judge is accusing the District Attorney of running a scheme.

According to Chief District Court Judge Jerry Jolly, Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David is initiating a scheme that would help profit one of his 2010 campaign contributors.

In an administrative order, Jolly says David is setting up driving classes for those charged with speeding violations that would help reduce offenses.

Jolly’s order states that the four or eight hour classes would be exclusively conducted by Streetsafe, a private for profit company. The classes would cost $120, $100 of which would be paid to Streetsafe.

According to the order, Darrell Douglas is the director of the Streetsafe corporation and also gave about $500 to David’s election campaign last year.

The order calls the findings dishonest, Jolly concluding that David is running a scheme.

Jolly ordered that the Brunswick County DA not refer any defendants to classes performed by Streetsafe.

We tried contacting David, but he has not yet return our calls.


  • Guest65343457 says:

    Its amazing how Jon David holds himself out to help the public. What he doesn’t tell you is that these new programs actually cost the public more. Between this driving school and a $25 fine, the average person pays much more than they did before. It was just a matter of time until David got caught. Try acting more like an honest DA and less like a politican all the time! Hopefully people will wake up and realize that Jon is nothing more than a power hungry politician.

  • ko says:

    Jon David was attempting to do something GOOD for the community by helping to save the lives of young drivers – the #1 killer of people 16-25 yrs old. This program is a proven success in New Hanover, Pender, Guilford and Johnston Counties – why wouldn’t a DA who cares about his community want it?
    And to WECT – you need to get your story RIGHT. This is terrible reporting. StreetSafe is a NON-PROFIT organization whose sole purpose is to help save the lives of young drivers. It does not run the 4 and 8 hour classes at the community college. It is a hands-on driving program for young drivers and their parents. Why don’t you work on the real story here which seems to be the motivation of Judge Jolly. It is absolutely absurd that he would attempt to portray this as some sort of scheme – how ridiculous!

  • Guest10-72 says:

    It amuses me the people that show they have no real knowledge of politics.They love to complain but dont even know about the general subject.They are just showing their low I.Q.s. District court judges are elected not appointed. Maybe some people should study up on a subject before commenting on it.

  • Elaine says:

    You are either a relation, one of the good ole boys or you maybe one who has benefitted from Jolly’s ‘penchant’ for voluntarily dismissing defendants in his courtroom. The honesty and fairness you claim he has comes out in the newspaper each week in letting off people who habitually face charges of driving without insurance, driving without a license, drunk driving, drug possession – sometimes including all at one time. All of the judges in this district are guilty of this. All you have to do is READ.

    Maybe the judge should stay with Soles and anyone else who wants to be DA and shut his mouth before he cleans up his own act. Don’t forget, many people who are loyal to Gore still work in the DA’s office. If Jon David had been like his predecessor, he would have gone in and cleaned house. I knew he would get backstabbed, but they had to look hard to find something, didn’t they? I’ll take David’s version of honesty and fairness over anybody else’s who has worked there anyday.

  • holden beach says:

    Looks like Jon David has pissed off Good Ole Judge Jolly. By the words in the administrative order, it is clear Judge Jolly is “out to get” to Mr. David. Mr. David will continue to experience problems doing his job as long as the “good ole boys” still operate in the GOOD OLE District 13. My advice to Mr. David is to remain persistent and clean house in district 13.

  • Guest20792 says:

    The Whole porblem with Brunswick County DA’S Office Is The Fact That Jon Daved Should Have Cleaned House When He Was Elected. Some Of The Asst. DA’S Wasent Fit To Work In New Hanover County So She Came To Brunswick. Hope It Works Out For Jon He is a good and honest man. Jon please finish getting rid of the trash in the DA’S Office and he wont be having these problems thanks.

  • quinby says:

    Looks like ‘Judge’ Jolly misrepresented the truth here for his own motivations. StreetSafe is a NON-PROFIT organization and never was set-up to be the “exclusive” driving program in Brunswick County. It would handle only drivers under 25 years old – all others would go to the 4 or 8 hour class run by the community college, not StreetSafe. This program has been very successful in several counties and is helping to save the lives of our most at-risk drivers. It has the support of many judges and DA’s in Guilford, Johnston, New Hanover and Pender Counties. Could it be possible that Mr. David invited them because he wants to save the lives of young drivers in his district???

  • Dad112 says:

    WOW!! For years we heard people complaining about elected officials covering for each other. Now when one of our judges points out possible misconduct in the D.A.’s office all we get is a bunch of bitchin’ and moaning!! Make up your minds people.

  • AME says:

    Hmmm…the good old judge must have his own buddy with a driving school he wants to handle it.

    The traffic court would be a benefit and would save tax payers’ dollars.

    And this judge has been on the bench for 26 years? I believe he is long overdue for a recycling.

    What a crock. A $500 donation? The man doth protest too much, methinks.

  • Justice for All says:

    So does this mean that any defense attorney who has contributed to Judge Jolly’s election campaigns cannot practice in front of him because it would be a conflict of interest? That would eliminate the entire Columbus County defense bar, who are the ones that are really behind this smear campaign against Jon David. This $500 contribution isn’t a conflict of interest and there is nothing that needs to be ‘brought to light’ about it. There are 3 driving school programs, including 2 that are sponsored by Brunswick Communtiy College in addition to Streetsafe, so it’s not like he’s giving a monopoly to a good buddy or something. It’s just the only program available in this area that provides hands on instruction specific to younger drivers. If there were other programs like it then the DA would probably use them too, as it sounds like he is using every available option that there is out there for helping the driving public, not just the options that campaign contributors run. Not to mention that Streetsafe is a proven program in many other counties and the purpose of a program like Streetsafe is to keep young drivers safe and to keep citizens safe from young drivers, and safe drivers are something that Brunswick County could use a lot more of. And traffic court is saving everyone time and energy, including the judges, as mentioned in previous articles in the news just last week, so to cancel the entire traffic court program is simply rediculous. Sounds to me like some people saw the new DA getting too much good press and thought they needed to put an end to it so they are trying to stir up mud where there is none. People need to accept the fact that Jon David won the election and put their petty political differences aside and try to work with him as he tries to make things better in this district instead of fighting him every step of the way. We need our judges and defense attorneys to work with the DA’s office instead of fighting against it all the time, and maybe we might all be proud to live in this area again.

  • beachyme says:

    If you want to see a power hungry politician look around you in Columbus County.

  • Elaine says:

    There is far more misconduct on the part of the judges than with the current DA. Ask any BCSD member. Most are sick and tired of arresting people only to watch them being freed in the courtroom. Read my other comments. You have a problem understanding them?

  • Guest2020 says:

    Driving school and fines are part of the penalty for committing moving violations. And paying for driving school is a lot cheaper than paying the increased insurance rates. Driving school was a part of the system before David took office.

  • B.S. says:

    Sure, the company isn’t allowed to make a profit – and the way they don’t is to pay their directors and managers six-figure salaries to ensure that there are no profits from the business.

  • Guest890 says:

    I didn’t know the job of the DA was to make it less costly for someone when they break the law.This post ranks close to the top as being the most ignorant one I’ve read on here.

  • Guest1322 says:

    This is what is he gets…he is trying to play both sides against the middle. This has the look impropriety. If you take all of what Jon David has been doing since has been in office there is really not showing of “change.” He seems to be too focused on a petty criminal “Frog” who is someone who 99% of Columbus County doesn’t care about. He hired a bunch of “out-of town” DA’s in Columbus County and the ones he kept, he should have got rid of. He only tried to keep DA’s that he didn’t think would run against him in 4 years. So I hope he gets what he deserves.

  • Guest205 says:

    He should have got rid of all of them and started fresh in Brunswick County and Columbus Counties.

  • Lowontotempole says:

    The D.A.’S are all the time cutting pleas in Superior Court, the Judges just go along with the offers. An officer doesn’t have a chance in hell getting a case to trial in Bladen County.

  • tracy205 says:

    Jon did not do anything wrong IT IS ALL OF THE YAHOO’S THAT HE WORKS IN THE DA’S OFFICE.

  • Concerned Columbus says:

    It was my understanding that Mr. David was making the people go to this new program instead of the ones sponsored by the Community Colleges which seems like taking money away from much needed schools.

  • REALISTIC says:

    Come on people..The District Attorney’s office cannot try every case on the calendar just to make officer’s happy. There is a set of guidelines and rules set by the Legislature that decides who goes to prison and who doesn’t and if the District Attorney’s office tried everything then nothing would ever get done..Also..Just because an officer charges someone does not mean that the person is guilty..officers have been known to make a mistake..look at the SBI lab for goodness sakes.

  • PROOF says:

    PLEASE ANYONE SHOW SOME PROOF THAT THESE PROGRAMS HAVE SLOWED DOWN YOUNG DRIVERS OR STOPPED SPEEDING IN ANY OF THE COUNTIES WHERE IT EXISTS…Driving schools in general are a waste of time and only help these people from losing their licenses and getting insurance points..I wish they did work then perhaps we could disband the highway patrol and not layoff a bunch of teachers.

  • PROOF says:

    The whole point of the program is to make it less costly on the people..It reduces the charge so that there are no insurance points on the young driver and so they don’t lose their license. That is LESS COSTLY..if you really want them to pay a price then disband the programs altogether and let them lose their license and make them or their parents pay higher insurance premiums. If their parents had an increase in insurance I bet they wouldn’t buy all these kids new cars and trucks to run around the roads like maniacs.

  • Proof says:

    Elaine..A district court judge does not have the authority to Voluntarily Dismiss a case in the State of North Carolina..Only the District Attorney can do so..So if there is a problem with Voluntary Dismissals in Brunswick county it is not with the Judges. Also Judge Nancy Phillips is assigned to ALL Drunk Driving cases in District 13 on a special grant throught the District Attorney’s office and thus Judge Jolly would not be hearing Drunk Driving offenses. As to Defendants bieng found Guilty and or Not Guilty..The state of North Carolina keeps statistics about convictions and Columbus County has for years had a roughly 98% conviction rate…roughly the same as the other counties. Most cases in District court are plead and their are very few trials placed before the Judges…When there is a trial it is up to the District Attorney’s office to prove their cases and it is my opinion that often times, for whatever reasons they can’t do it..Officers charging incorrectly without proof is systemic in this district and most times they have to be made to come to court. Many cases get dismissed for failure of officers to appear and for failure of the ADA’s to get their witnesses to court. Yet it is the Judges that always get the blame…Although Judges do make bad decisions from time to time including finding innocent people guilty and guilty people not guilty in a district where there is a 98% conviction rate I can hardly say that the Judges are just throwing everything fact i would say that is hardly the truth.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I don’t have a list of the people the judge knows, but the driving classes are conducted through the community colleges.

  • 1Guest says:

    Wow – we certainly wouldn’t want to try to save the lives of our most at-risk drivers – the number one killer of 16-25 year olds that kills more young people that the next four leading causes combined – because the community college might lose a small percentage of their income to a program that has been highly successful in four other counties….Anyone who’s been to one of those classes where you sit and get lectured at for 4 hours knows how effective those programs are……

  • Secretary says:

    *****Jurors Alert ***** If you are a citizen who receives a jury summons in the middle of all of this impropriety reports of funneling money to friends; Be very cautious and remember you don’t have to succumb to being brainwashed by all of those videos they show you in the jury room telling you to only do what the ” DA” or anyone else “tells you to do”. You are The Judge when you serve as the Juror. The schemes stop with YOU! You The JUROR can decide and deliberate on whatever you think is right and let the DA appeal it if they don’t like the outcome. Just like the citizens have
    to appeal if they are mistreated by the manipulators of the system!

  • veritas says:

    wonder why a judge from Tabor City would attack a DA from Brunswick county and since she shares office and staff with jolly what did judge ola know and did she help him.

  • delta says:

    Are u sure it wasn’t $5,000…$10,000? $500? Really? Jon David’s campaign is living large…lol? So glad Judge Jolly doesn’t preside in NH county and I wonder what Mr. David REALLY did to piss him off!!!

  • veritas says:

    why would a judge from tabor city attack a brunswick county da ? why did this order come out BEFORE the program got started in columbus county? isnt convienent this was done the friday before jon david starts a trial monday against frog strickland in columbus county. wonder what judge ola knew or helped to do since she shares offices and staff with jolly?

  • beachyme says:

    Now, this is getting more interesting by the minute.

  • Guest90 says:

    The timing of this Order came after the DA announced re-routing traffic court in the past two weeks, as I recall. The Strickland cases are many and ongoing at all times, even during the election.Jon David spins and spins and spins like a Top with these bogus conspiracy theories. How about a Psychological Exam here and let the public decide on what results that shows about Jon? Where is Jon’s ties? No one even knows of any he has. Popped out of the sky and landed here in Eastern NC. No relatives no friends anyone knows. One campaign contributor looks like the name is his mom, his only known relative other than his twin brother.

  • Joe Martin says:

    Sounds like Gov. Beth Perdue should lay off Judges first! Maybe we could fix our states budget crisis that way!

  • State Witness says:

    The “tone” of the order prepared by Judge Jolly seems that he is not so impartial. I could understand if the judge simply cited a conflict of interest, but I question his choice of words. It appears he has a bone to pick with Mr. David and it is not about his (Mr. David’s) association with Streetsafe.

  • Guest666 says:

    Then again, maybe Judge Jolly is one of the very few officials that believe in honesty and fairness.

  • Chris says:

    Why would anyone make a comment about the judge and Soles? The DA does not and should not have the authority to send anyone to a private organization for training with fees, without approval from the State of NC. PERIOD!

  • Brunsco Atty says:

    1. Judge Jolly has been on the bench since 1984 or so. I believe he was elected.

    2. He is from Columbus County, not Brunswick, although he serves the 13th judicial district, which includes Brunswick.

  • Larry Mason says:

    They are elected not APPOINTED.

  • BClovie says:

    You didn’t know? He’s one of the CCM (Columbus County Mafia)…you know the members…Rex, RC, Jerry, ummm, who did I forget?

  • beachyme says:

    By any chance is Judge Jolly a friend of R.C. or was he appointed by Soles?

  • guest 0330 says:

    Are we going to get to a point where if someone buys you a drink at a restaurant they can never do business with you? a 500.00 dollar contribution is not a lot of money these days.

  • Joe Martin says:

    Maybe the Gov Beth Purdue should look at laying off some Judges! Like you Judge Jolly, I am sure she could cut our budget woes for the State! I wounder Judge could you make it as an Attorney again?
    Probably NOT!

  • Elaine says:

    I think you are right – but most of them, if not ALL, have been in there long enough and need to GO!

  • Local 51 says:

    Well here we go again another Brunswick county left over.It is a shame that Jon David is doing something good for the county but there are still the left overs trying to disrupt progress.This judge is thinking he is still working with the old adminstration.Doing back door things like the OLD did things.The judge should be man enough to at least let the DA know it was being investigated.

  • Guest2020 says:

    What deals in the back rooms are you talking about? If David did something wrong (and I’m not saying he did), shouldn’t he be called out on it? And as long as Jon David is an elected official being paid with taxpayer’s money, then any fault that is found should be brought to light.

  • Elaine says:

    It didn’t take long for the wolves to circle, did it? Perhaps ‘Judge’ Jolly should look closer at how many he and his cronies let go in court week after week, voluntarily dismissed, no matter how lengthy the infractions, how many prior times they’ve been there, than worry about a school to help drivers. Would the pay-offs be decreased?

    Or could it be that now all of those deals, so easily made for years in back rooms, are harder to do now with an honest DA? Is that why at least one BC county lawyer, well known for his expertise in the back room and payoffs, is now in such a bad humor with such a changed and grouchy personality, that people are now avoiding him in the courthouse?

    Or are people afraid of all the old cases that might get reopened and are stooping to such levels to make people think less of their new DA? True justice in this district would be a breath of fresh air.

    With all the shadiness that has gone on in the DA’s office for years, how dare ANYBODY try to find fault with Jon David.

  • Guest525 says:

    Welcome to the District. You must not be one of the good ole boys!

  • Wendy says:

    How did Jon David buy his large riverfront
    home listed in the Brunswick Tax record
    valued at close to a million dollars,
    with a Prosecutor’s salary? Newspaper
    classifieds used to advertise that job at
    a salary range of $25,000 a year for a
    coastal North Carolina prosecutor. That salary just
    doesn’t add up to riverfront house dollars.

  • Elaine says:

    Where were you and your ‘outrage’ when Gore was DA and my sister’s death was ruled suicide when anybody with ANY sense knew she did not? That ruling was one of the backroom deals. Don’t insult the intelligence of people in this district. It has long been known that certain lawyers could go into the judge’s chambers before court and have everything taken care of. I agree that any wrong doing by someone being paid with taxpayer’s money should ‘brought to light.’ Let’s start, though, by investigating those who covered up a murder rather than who chose a company to teach driving. That is easily fixed. Take your coy comments elsewhere. Apparently you don’t know or care about the consequences of ‘good old boys’ systems.

  • Guest2020 says:

    I didn’t say that David did anything wrong. With only knowing one side of the story we cannot make a determination. I asked for clarification on the backroom deals, because I have seen people on here consider case management “backroom deals”. I believe I know which case you are talking about and from what I have heard, which is either from the media or rumors, that case was mishandled from the beginning and whoever is at fault for that investigation should be held accountable.

  • ko says:

    “… as long as Jon David is an elected official being paid with taxpayer’s money, then any fault that is found should be brought to light.”
    » Except that the judge was so desperate to find something on David, he didn’t even get his facts straight before running with this. The driving program he refers to is a NON-profit, it is NOT the exclusive driving program the court will use AND it is already a highly successful program in 4 other counties.
    Is this the best Jolly can do???

  • brunswick grama says:

    Elaine I am glad to see you still working to clear your sisters name!! The good ole boy system seems to go deep. Your sister was murdered and the system covered it up .Evidently the Judge’s are as crooked as Gore and Soles .I still pray that your sister will be some day be vindicated.
    I continue to be amazed at the ignorance of the people in this area who believe ,really believe that Hewett and Gore were honest public officials. I had to deal with them when my grand daughter was sexually assaulted. It took me two years and the SBI to get an investigation and a court date to see the perpetrator in court.
    Jolly making these current claim is a real eye opener.He too is part of the crooked political party in these counties. Week after week I read of dismissals of drug dealers and all types criminals .Criminals that have long histories. It is outrageous.
    I applaud you in your efforts to keep the dishonesty in the public eye. I do wish there was something I could do to help you.I am sick of watching the crimes being committed by our elected officials.

  • Guest111 says:

    This judge may be in the good ole boys club with the former DA. Now that a new one is in charge the judge may be looking for any reason to bring down Jon David and create drama for his administration to make him look bad. It’s pure politics. I don’t believe for one second that David is deliberately doing anything wrong.

  • Elaine says:

    You must be one of those who have been voluntarily dismissed in Jolly’s court. I am amazed that you would raise him up as an example of honesty and FAIRNESS when I have seen week after week how he performs in the court room. Maybe you don’t mind seeing people with no insurance, no driver’s license, drug charges for dealing, etc. let back out into the community with their charges voluntarily dismissed. I don’t think the rest of us who have to deal with them again because they have been lightly slapped on the wrist appreciate such honesty and fairness. I wonder how many hours of this judge’s time was taken up in finding something to bring out to the public to harass Jon.

  • Elaine says:

    You are either a relation, one of the good ole boys or you maybe one who has benefitted from Jolly’s ‘penchant’ for voluntarily dismissing defendants in his courtroom. The honesty and fairness you claim he has comes out in the newspaper each week in letting off people who habitually face charges of driving without insurance, driving without a license, drunk driving, drug possession – sometimes including all at one time. All of the judges in this district are guilty of this. All you have to do is READ.

    Maybe the judge should stay with Soles and anyone else who wants to be DA and shut his mouth before he cleans up his own act. Don’t forget, many people who are loyal to Gore still work in the DA’s office. If Jon David had been like his predecessor, he would have gone in and cleaned house. I knew he would get backstabbed, but they had to look hard to find something, didn’t they? I’ll take David’s version of honesty and fairness over anybody else’s who has worked there anyday.

  • Its Me says:

    Elaine, know the facts before you post. The JUDGE doesn’t dismiss anything. The District Attorney’s office does the dismissing. Before you bash Judge Jolly for “dismissing cases” over and over again you might want to take that up with the newly elected DA that you have spent so much time defending on this post!

  • Possibly forgot to mention the current sheriff, mmmmmmmmmmmmm could he also be involved, there were a lot of private meetings in Columbus County.

  • Proof says:

    Well based on your theory of low lifes and scum voting you also apparently get Jon David.

  • Guest John D. says:

    When low-lifes and bottom dwellers are allowed to vote you get people like Jolly elected.

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