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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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2016 years 3 hours ago

“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… Read more »

Bill White
2016 years 3 hours ago

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… Read more »

2016 years 3 hours ago

wway is 100% right

2016 years 3 hours ago

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… Read more »

2016 years 3 hours ago

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.

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