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Berger's attorney, one other plead guilty to failing to file taxes

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A pair of area lawyers pleaded guilty today to failing to file their taxes, including Brian Berger's attorney.

The Department of Revenue says Dennis Sullivan Jr. of Wilmington, who is representing the New Hanover County Commissioner on his assault charge, as well as Sam Edwards of Ocean Isle Beach both admitted to five county of willful failure to file their state tax returns. Both men paid the taxes and interest they owed before entering a plea.

Each received suspended 45-day jail sentences. They will each have to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $2,000 fines.

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Dear Friends @ WWAY, I have

Dear Friends @ WWAY,

I have been a solid supporter of you and your journalism for a considerable time. You really do tell things "as they are" and commendably don't shy away from controversy. You do add a dimension of openness and critical thinking really needed in this community.

BUT, a BIG BUT, I think that you have gone too far with this story.

Mr. Sullivan has filed the returns, paid the taxes and interest, and received a fine and a suspended sentence. How is it news that he represents Brian Berger? How does this contribute to the public's need to know about Brian's conduct or for that matter his potential fitness to continue in office?

Berger's attorney?

WWAY, why are you trying to bring Berger into this story? What does one have to do with another? The next time Hardees gets robbed, are you going to say Berger's favorite restaurant get robbed?

Berger has plenty of other issues for you to report on - face it, he's the journalistic gift that keep on giving. But he has nothing to do with Dennis Sullivan's tax evasion case. You're just trying to keep him in the spotlight on an apparent slow day in the local news. Way to be objective!

You are so right. I usually

You are so right. I usually agree with WWAY with putting it all out there. I couldn't quite figure this one out. Were they crucifying Berger or Sullivan?

The "journalistic gift that

The "journalistic gift that keeps on giving".... Brilliant! I wish I'd have thought that one up myself. Hey, Brian's giving again in another article right here on this blog... it seems that a Jeep he was driving was uninsured. Oh well.

What happened to Joe Cheshire?

Serious question...when Berger had the firepower of Cheshire on his side two weeks ago, why is Sullivan helping him now?

My guess is that he couldn't

My guess is that he couldn't afford Mr. Chesire's services, who is probably the most expensive legal mind to be found in NC. Berger doesn't have a job and apparently can't even afford car insurance.