BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) – District Attorney Jon David filed a petition with the state court of appeals Thursday challenging Judge Jerry Jolly’s decision to shut down traffic court in Brunswick County.
David is asking the court for a temporary stay against Jolly’s order and has also asked the court to reverse it.
The argument stems from a program call StreetSafe, which helps teens and younger drivers realize how dangerous driving can be if they’re not paying attention. The director of the program gave David $250 last year as a campaign contribution. Jolly contends that donation has resulted in the program being offered at traffic court as a kick-back. David adamantly denies that accusation.
Jolly had a number of mistakes in the original order, including calling StreetSmart a for-profit organization – it is not – and saying the campaign contribution was much larger than it actually was.
David asked Jolly to correct the mistakes as well as apologize for the personal attacks he perceived in the order. Jolly never responded to David’s request.