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ONLY ON 3: Judge Lewis, attorneys ban media from Bar Association meeting discussing DA, Judge Jolly


BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) -- The Brunswick County Bar Association came together today to discuss District Attorney Jon David and the controversial StreetSafe program he would like to use.

David tried to set up a program in Brunswick County using StreetSafe. It works with young people who have had brushes with the law in their cars and SUV's. However, Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order stopping David from using the program, because he contends David was "running a scheme" by sending business to StreetSmart. The program director had given David's campaign less than $250 last year.

When we tried attending the meeting, we were escorted out by a sheriff's deputy and told it was "private meeting." When we followed up, we were told that Brunswick County Judge Ola Lewis had requested security for the meeting to keep anyone from coming in.

We called Judge Lewis and reminded her that the Bar Association was meeting in a public building (the courthouse) and using tax-payer resources (sheriff's deputies) to run security for the meeting, therefore it should be open to the media and public in general. She said they always had their meetings there, and even though it didn't look good, said the meeting should be closed.

After the meeting, the Bar Association released a copy of a resolution it passed lauding Jolly "for his distinguished public service and his many valuable contributions to our local Judicial System."

David has written Jolly a letter requesting he apologize for the language of his order.

County Attorney Huey Marshall, who also serves as the Bar Association's Secretary/Treasurer, said the group has used the courthouse for its private meetings for years. He said private groups often use public facilities, including families having picnics in county parks. When asked if the Bar Association would reimburse the county for the use of a deputy, Marshall said he did not know about the deputy. He also said he does not know if the current county commissioners, who he conceded would need to give permission to use the courthouse for a private meeting, knew about the Bar Association's private meetings there.

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wway is 100% right

wway is 100% right

It works and works well

The bottom line is that this program works and works VERY well. It has been used in other counties and not just New Hanover. It frees up the court system so they can do there jobs too.

All this is is Jolly still upset that Rex is gone and so is the "Good Ole Boy" network.

Lets see if I have this right,during the Presidental election change was supposed to be good. But not at local levels ???

All I can say that if something has been proven to work and well, we should give it a try..

Having been a part of the

Having been a part of the legal community in Brunswick County for over twelve years, I think it's hilarious that so many people seem to think there are actually all kinds of shady and nefarious dealings going on. The judges, DAs and attorneys are, by and large, hard working men and women who believe in the system they are sworn to uphold, and just trying to make a living at the job they trained long and hard to do. They don't have time for the kinds of shenanigans you seem to think they are up to. All of you who think there are back-door deals and sneaky pay-outs happening have been watching WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much television. This isn't "Law and Order" people, it's real life, and real people trying to do their real jobs.

WWAY, your reporting is no better than a newspaper tabloid. "Blowing Smoke Up Judge Jolly's Robe?????" TACKY and TASTELESS. Have a little integrity.


You are so funny-you say they are hard working and sworn to uphold the law-are you getting paid to be like them too? They make their own rules-they can get away with anything in this world and have been doing it for a VERY LONG TIME!! Unless you are in our shoes-you better get a reality check! I wish to God it was like television-I bet we would all hire the TV SHOWS--maybe even eat popcorn by the side of the road watching the SYSTEM FALL!! WWAY is not scared to report the stupid things that your so called hard working friends are doing. There are good ones there and everywhere but with money you could buy anyone to look the other way!


Well I have worked in and around the court system for the last twenty years as well. Most of my time has been in District 13, that is to say, before RC, Tyler and Rhone Sasser divided it into "a & b." Perhaps you were not privy to nor did the "boys" include you in the numerous meetings. I speak of those that happen on the golf course or at the judges' homes or on the telephone at 11 pm. It goes on. Believe you me, it happens. Justice is driven, tweaked and held hostage by a few white haired old men. The transition team seems to be some women also. The good old boys no longer wear pointed hoods but are clean cut, tie and dress wearing black and white thugs that you claim are "above reproach."
Is throwing a case ok?
Is working the case behind the scenes so that attorneys know what is going to happen before they ever get into court ok?
Is covering for a child molester ok?
Is dividing a district so that one could create an office just to stay in power ok?
I could say more but you may actually be true. Perhaps you were kept outside of the box. Open your eyes. But then again, you could be "one of them."

"Is working the case behind

"Is working the case behind the scenes so that attorneys know what is going to happen before they ever get into court ok?"

I cannot speak to all of the things you talk about, but this particular question you post speaks of a thing called case management, which is something that goes on all across the state. It is where the judge, the DA's office and the attorneys meet to see if there is an amicable arrangement that can be made to mete out justice. This is a way that helps to free up time in the courts and this in turn cuts down the cost to the taxpayer.

We want our money back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meeting in a public building, in secret, using public money for security.

"She said they always had their meetings there, and even though it didn't look good, said the meeting should be closed."

There you have it.

Little people, don't bother us with your petty gripes.

We are the law. Just shut up and do what your told.

Judges, lawyers, they all work for the same law firm:


If you have a problem, take it to the streets.

Less court costs, no jail time, and you save all attorney fees.

They govern themselves. What a joke.

One final note.

"County Attorney Huey Marshall, who also serves as the Bar Association's Secretary/Treasurer, said the group has used the courthouse for its private meetings for years."

He should be arrested. He and his cohorts should have to reimburse the county for supplying him with private meeting space, the equivalent to the Hilton or Convention Center, and private security services provided by OUR DEPUTIES.

These guys use our money, property, Deputies.

If this policy doesn't change, we should hold meetings of the

International Association of Bad Asses and Motherf@*$rs in the public courtroom.

If the BAR has used services for years, the amount will be substantial. I'm sure the County could use a BIG FAT CHECK from all the successful professional liars.

"She said they always had their meetings there,..

"... and even though it didn't look good, said the meeting should be closed."

This article should be saved for reference later on... like at election time.

Remember people: We have DO a fair and equitable government.This kind of criminality is only permitted for one term of office. The Day of Judgment for these Judges will arrive soon enough.

To the supporters of Jon

To the supporters of Jon do you know it wasn't payback, I'm not saying it was but it very well could have been, do you really think he would admit it if it was, this kind of stuff happens all the time and he's no different than anyone else except he might (not saying he did) have been caught in his own little payback scheme...if any of you think Jon David really cares anything about anyone except himself and his career you've just fooling yourself!!

I agree whole heartedly. All

I agree whole heartedly. All about himself and wanting people to think that he's God himself!
And because of past political agendas, he does and will hold a grudge.

Not payback

Ask me how I know he didn't do this and then you turn around and make such a blantant statement as fact? How, pray tell, do you KNOW that? Such comments are inane and without foundation, so take them elsewhere until you can PROVE it. Or run for office yourself.

I would just like to point

I would just like to point out that there is nothing "controversial" about the StreetSafe program. The controversy is between the judge and the DA. I have a child who has attended this program. He LOVED it and has recommended it to all of his friends. The program is taught by first responders who do an excellent job of teaching young drivers vital skills they need on our roadways. In the parent session of the program, it was obvious to me that the men and women who instruct StreetSafe have their hearts in the right place. They simply want to save lives of young drivers. I sincerely hope for the young drivers of District 13 the nasty politics of this dies and the program will be available to them.

I dont think anyone is

I dont think anyone is saying that this program isnt good, but we do have the same type of programs in our community colleges and you have to pay to take this class as well, the only thing is that the counties where the programs are benefits the county, so if these kids are required to go to New Hanover County to participate in this program, wouldnt it seem that new hanover county would benefit from our kids and paying them for this program. And according to the price of the program, StreetSafe seems to cost more than the one the colleges are using. Now what I want to know is if this prgram that they want to use is not allowed will the District Attorney make it impossible for our kids to use the one at the colleges. I guess time will tell.

First - the StreetSafe

First - the StreetSafe program would be run through the community college in Brunswick, along with the other driving programs.
Second - The classroom programs at the college are NOT AT ALL the same as StreetSafe, which is a hands-on program focusing specifically on young drivers.
Third - It costs only slightly more than the classroom driving programs (which require one instructor lecturing to a unlimited amount of students) Yet, StreetSafe's program requires 5 vehicles, 8-10 instructors, insurance, facility fees, etc to run it's program.
It also offers the program for a very minimal cost to any teen driver interested in attending.

My teenager attended the StreetSafe program and I can tell you it is run by very dedicated people who care about saving the lives of our most at-risk drivers. He still talks about how much he learned at StreetSafe and has told all his friends to take the class. Judge Jolly should be ashamed to involve this highly effective, well- respected program in his personal dispute with Jon David. There are many families who would greatly benefit from having StreetSafe in Brunswick Co.

Closed DOOR Meeting on PUBLIC PROPERTY???

The Taxpayers of Brunswick County and every surrounding County have a right to be darn mad, they also:

1. Have 100% right to know what is being said, done and conspired upon when there is a meeting of any type on PUBLIC Property, IN a PUBLIC Building, using Public monies to provide light, heat, air-conditioning, facilities, janitorial service, and use of any audio-visual, computer equipment.

2. Have a right and an obligation to inform The Brunswick County BAR Association, (no matter what they got away with in the past), that they need to cease and desist, and hold their sneaky meetings at the greasy spoon, or PAY for the use of the meeting room and keep the meeting OPEN to the PUBLIC.

3. Need to inform the County Commissioners that this use of TAXPAYER funded facilities is NOT, I repeat, NOT AT ALL ACCEPTABLE and we need to be reimbursed on our taxes for all indescrete use of our public facilities. OR KEEP THE MEETING OPEN!

4.) Need to inform the County Commissioners that Judge OLA LEWIS Needs to Personally Reimburse the county for the use of a Brunswick County Sheriff Deputy for a PRIVATE MEETING IN A PUBLIC FACILITY, USING TAXPAYER ELECTRICITY, air conditioning, etc., while KEEPING THE PUBLIC LOCKED OUT. WWAY reported "Brunswick County Judge Ola Lewis had requested security for the meeting to keep anyone from coming in."

WWAY, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS SLY, SLICK AND WICKED networking to LIGHT and thank you for at least TRYING... not once, but twice to gain ADMISSION! If you need tickets, try showing them your PAID TAX RECEIPT!

You are crazy!

Every courthouse has attorney/client meeting rooms that the media can not enter! Guess what...the tax payers pay for the court appointed attorneys! If you are NOT an attorney who is an active member of the bar association, you have NO business in there! Bottom line! I am sure they needed time to talk and discuss thier feelings openingly without media/press asking a zillion questions. Think about it, and get real!

Forrest Mama says,

"Crazy is as crazy does!"

They were in there conspiring against Jon David, by giving a phoney baloney endorsement to the Judge, as it turns out.

You are the Craziest of them all!

It should be noted that town

It should be noted that town council members, county comissioners, board of aldermen, etc. go into closed sessions all the time in public facilities and municipal buildings. Nobody says "shame on them" The courthouse is required to have Sheriff's Deputies at the entrance if people are entering the doors. The Brunswick COunty Bar Association is an organization of dues paying members and their business does not have to be made public.

It should be noted that town...

The fact is, if I was head of an organized group like the Krishas, or other unusual groups, I would not have that type of closed-door access to a public building, much less uniformed security. I guess the priveleged few that has passed the bar in this state, and certainly can pay for their own meetings, are too cheap and too misuderstood to pay for their own meeeting spaces. This smells bad, looks bad, and feels sort of tacky for those of you in front of the bar... Move to somewhere else and let this controversy die!

Judge Jolly

They are in a courthouse which was open for business anyway.They are lawyers. Its a courthouse. I mean...duh !!!All of a sudden people are worried about lawyers in the courthouse? I mean come on man !!


Who do you trust more, a time-share salesman, a lawyer or a judge in this district?? Now look at the whole picture, you get a speeding ticket, you go to traffic court and get it reduced yourself in an hour. The judges and lawyers want you to pay $100 or $200 to them and sit there all day. Wake up, it is all about money. How many lawyers have given judges money at election time. The man(David) is just trying to do the right thing for the people. Why would Lewis not let the news media in the meeting, somebody needs to call the SBI, she did on Gore. What did they have to hide. SOMETHING?????

The judge doesn't get a dime

The judge doesn't get a dime of your $100 or $200 if you sit there 30 minutes or all day and if you retain an attorney they tell you what their fee is upfront for the service they are providing. If the attorney is court appointed (which the defendant has to reimburse the state for if they plead guilty or are found guilty)that attorney doesn't bill for their client sitting in court all day. Rest assured, no attorney sits in one court all day dealing with one case, they are back and forth between all the courts and more often than not, their client is in court waiting on them (not getting paid by the hour, but by the job)

Not So Jolly

Jolly is just trying to keep his good ol boy network intact. David took action against R.C. and Jollys has been searching to find something on him ever since.

Looks like DA David is the

Looks like DA David is the "good 'ol boy". Somebody contributes to his campaign and he returns the favor.....'nuf said. Also, Judge Lewis turned a drunk driver loose on the public on a much for her, too. The Brunswick County machine is alive and well.


David has no ties to Brunswick. Look how much attorney Roy Tresc has donated to Jollys campaign. Look how many dinners, golf trips, and vacations Jolly has gone on that were funded by attorneys. Then when that attorney has a high paying client who gets a DUI Jolly dismisses it. Look what he did when the county comishiners son who was a Deputy received a DUI from ALE. Dismissed

Really ... really!

You said it, John. But don't take my word for it, people. Check the court decisions each week and you will see what John is saying. Last week over 50% of the cases were voluntarily dismissed. Wonder how that came about? It wasn't just Jolly, either. And it goes on every single week. Check it if you don't believe.


It worries me the way that wway misrepresents events. I am a member of the Brunswick County Bar. The Brunswick County Bar is a private membership of Brunswick County Attorneys made up of private attorneys and prosecutors of the district attorneys office. These private meetings are never open to the public (including media). Judge Lewis is only a member and did not have any media people removed. The president of the bar is the person who informed your person not to be there.

Are you saying that WWAY

Are you saying that WWAY misquoted Judge Ola Lewis?
That wouldn't look good either.

Dear barmember: The

Dear barmember:

The president of the bar may have asked us to leave, but he had no authority to do so. Because Judge Lewis ordered security for the room, the sheriff's deputies were compelled to escort us out of your private meeting.

If you don't like us being there, perhaps you should take your private meeting to Golden Corral or somewhere more private. As far as we're concerned, if you choose to have it at the courthouse, which I remind you is a PUBLIC facility, we have every right to be there.

Scott Pickey
WWAY News Director

Get informed

Will you please print/report that this resolution was passed by the Brunswick County Bar as a whole. That there were 6 assistant district attorneys that work for Jon David in that meeting also.