ONLY ON 3: Columbus County bondsman says unsecured bonds are out of control


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Submitted: Tue, 09/13/2011 - 11:03pm
Updated: Tue, 10/09/2012 - 12:27am
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A bond is supposed to keep criminal suspects behind bars. But, in the last four months, hundreds of people in Columbus County, including some with violent charges, have been issued unsecured bonds.

A two-inch stack of unsecured bonds includes crimes like drug trafficking, sexual battery and assault on a child under 12. When placed under an unsecured bond the defendant is trusted to appear in court on the assigned date and to stay away from their alleged victims.

Judge Douglas Sesser and Judge Jerry Jolly drew up the new bail policy for Columbus and Bladen counties in May. Mark Cartret, who owns a bail bonds office in Columbus County, says he hasn’t seen a policy as liberal as this in any other district. He says before the new policy was implemented, unsecured bonds accounted for about 25 to 30 percent of bonds issued. In the past few months, Cartret says the amount of unsecured bonds has exploded.

“I have approximately 1,000 unsecured bonds that I’m looking at, which correlates to approximately 97.2 percent of bonds that are issued by magistrates in Columbus County,” said Cartret.

Under the new policy, to issue a secured bond, magistrates must fill out a three-page questionnaire on each defendant, making it a more cumbersome process. Cartret says the policy makes it much easier for magistrates to issue unsecured bonds.

“So to tell a magistrate, who is often working long shifts, that they’ve got to do three pages of additional paperwork to issue secure bonds is almost a burden on them,” said Cartret.

We did speak with Judge Sasser who says he modeled the policy after the North Carolina general statute. He says he trusts the magistrates to make the right decision in determining what kind of bond to issue.

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49 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Columbus County bondsman says unsecured bonds are out of control"


C. Poindexter
2015 years 8 months ago

The judge that set this policy should be reprimanded and a superior judicial authority should recommend the appropriate bail schedules. Someone should also educate this judge about the legal reasoning behind requiring some sort of secured bond. Professor David Muhlhausen’s recent study on bail would be a good start.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Its time to start holding these liberal judges accountable.
They are acting just plain stupid.
They are not modeling the policy after statue, the are inserting there own personal agendas on the public.
Remember them at election time.

DandyD
2015 years 8 months ago

Your response to the article shows your pure ignorance of how the private Bailnond Industry works. An unsecured bond allows a person to leave the jail, with only their “word” that they will show up for court, when they don’t , law enforcement must re-arrest these poeple. A bond agent ensures that responsibility under a secured bond, should the defendent fail to appear, it is up to the bond agent to apprehend them AT THE EXPENSE OF THE BOND AGENT! NOT the taxpayer. You are very confused, and “excessive” bail means bail amount in relation to the charge, for example, you dont set a 10,000.00 bond for littering, think please! Plesae explain how you feel its a savings to the tax payer to used unsecure bonds which lead to more burden on law enforcement. Furthermore,bonds which go bad from bail agents are paid by agents to the public schools, bail agents generate income to PUBLIC schools. Please take a few minutes and learn what you are talking about BEFORE posting ignorance.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Mark Cartret appears to be a greedy bail bondsman who is whining because he wants to make more money. I am conservative and I believe in America!

The Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits the imposition of excessive bail. The NC Constitution has a similar prohibition. Furthermore, this traditional right to freedom before conviction allows the unhampered preparation of a defense, prevents the infliction of punishment prior to conviction, preserves the constitutional presumption of innocence, which was secured only after centuries of struggle, and saves taxpayers money. Taxpayers have supported enough prisoners.

The judges are following the law while also protecting the taxpayers and the public. After a review, there are conditions placed on every bond. The only thing Cartret is whining about is that he wants another commission and more money for his pockets.

Steven Shell
2015 years 8 months ago

Truth is if we didn’t have to address the criminal element then there would be no need for bondsmen, criminal law enforcement criminal court lawyers, criminal court judges, prosecutors, public defender or required criminal court personnel. If money is relevant, then truth exhibits that all of the above receive their salary from the need to remedy criminal activity. Lawyers monopolize the court system with little oversight from those who pay the courts bills the tax payers. Of all the above, the bondsmen and private non court appointed or public defender are the single entity which is not paid by an already over burdened tax payer. If they fail to perform their duty, the school system is enriched. Excessive bail? Excessive could be viewed as ridiculous. Certainly (0) bail is not excessive but could be considered ridiculous. Could it be that the controlling lawyers who serve as judges covet the money being made by bondsmen at the expense of the citizenry?

Judge Sumrell
2015 years 8 months ago

You wrote:
Mark Cartret appears to be a greedy bail bondsman who is whining because he wants to make more money. I am conservative and I believe in America!
“The Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits the imposition of excessive bail. The NC Constitution has a similar prohibition. Furthermore, this traditional right to freedom before conviction allows the unhampered preparation of a defense, prevents the infliction of punishment prior to conviction, preserves the constitutional presumption of innocence, which was secured only after centuries of struggle, and saves taxpayers money. Taxpayers have supported enough prisoners.

The judges are following the law while also protecting the taxpayers and the public. After a review, there are conditions placed on every bond. The only thing Cartret is whining about is that he wants another commission and more money for his pockets.”

But the facts show:
What defines “excessive bail?” Frog Strickland being charged $1 million on misdemeanor charges? Do you, your honor, think it ok to let child molesters and those that would our harm kids out for free instead? I could care less about what Cartret or anyone else in the private sector makes, as long as they are performing a valuable service and one that saves the taxpayers while tending to the public safety. The Jolly Sasser Bail Policy will cost the taxpayers and is a danger to public safety.The taxpayers will pay for unsecured bail as found by the US Dept. of Justice’s most recent study. Unsecured bail generates a 50% more increase in warrants causing more time on the street for the already over-worked Sheriff. Unsecured bail, according to the facts set forth NEVER provides and extra added arrest authority, that which a bondsman brings and thus causing law enforcement to “go it alone” while handling fuel, staffing and other additional costs. The bail system is a self-funded system and if left alone will work well as it was intended. You clearly are viewing the Eighth Amendment in a much different perspective than any other judge I have seen. Who pays for the forfeitures generated by these unsecured bonds? The child molesters, rapists and violent offenders will never pay, thus depriving the taxpayers and the school kids of the revenue otherwise collected when a bondsman is used as in “secured bail.” Columbus county already has thousands of warrants piling up and this unethical policy promises to add much more. Nope you can’t win that one. I too am very conservative and I just don’t see it your way. Neither will the many victims, voters and taxpayers. So stay on the side as the champion of those that nearly cause troopers to get killed. Crystal Lee and BJ love your logic. The unsecured bail on this young lady who caused a trooper to flip his car during the recent Sunday chase will come back to haunt you. The citizens need to pray that an honest attorney will come forward and challenge you Judge Sasser and Judge Jolly, true judicial activists who have a proven track record of using their positions to go after those that challenge their dirty deeds and shenanigans.

Gilbert Holcomb
2015 years 8 months ago

Re: “The only thing Cartret is whining about is that he wants another commission and more money for his pockets”

You must be jealous of the bailman or you are involved in this highly unethical policy, maybe even the author or you are simply trying to steer the conversation in a way that has nothing to do with this dangerous situation. Excessive bail means reasonable. These judges, maybe even you, are not even putting ANY bail on these criminals. And before you open your mouth friend, $10,000 UNSECURED bail amounts to nothing, $0, nada. So you don’t know what you are even talking about or again, maybe you are the judge and simply attempting to change the subject. In any case, you seem to spout the same belief and appear to be lining up with the judges in question. They, or you, are clearly championing criminals rights or acting as an advocate for them or whatever. Well to them I say: “What about the victims of these crimes that have been committed?” Who will champion them, represent their rights. These judges are either stupid, idiotic or like the other guest said: paying someone back.

DEBBIE
2015 years 8 months ago

oh My did we all forget that the mojority of Judges are convinced they are GOD I would never wish for anything bad to happen to anyone but someday it will be their daughter raped or son killed by a drunk driver released with an unsecured bond what a way to flip off the system laughing all the way home! Once they or a loved one becomes the victim and they have to watch in disbelief as the defendant walks out the door ONLY then will they believe maybe they made a mistake and maybe some changes should be looked at Remember the bondsman is at NO COST to the taxpayer wouldnt you rather some kind of terms and conditions as well as security was placed on the one who has brought harm to you or your family or do we just bury our heads in the sand and hope they will return to court and place the burdom of recovery on the taxpayer

Donna Whaley
2015 years 8 months ago

If you talk of Mark lining his pockets and claim like in your other posting he is greedy< consider this:

In 2004 he, at his own expense(nearly $20,000) filed suit against another Columbus County Judge, Thomas Aldridge. Cartret filed on behalf of a poor black lady which the good judge, the da, and the sheriff had mistreated. Mark only lost after the NC Supreme Court cited he "lacked standing" which is a bull of a technicality. If the lady had of filed, the Judge would have been most likely disbarred. Corruption runs rampant in Columbus but one thing is for sure, the Mark Cartret I know is not greedy. It is very easy to fight with words but all to often much harder to dispute the facts.

CARTRET v. ALDRIDGE – August 12, 2004.
http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc…21036.xml…1986...
Aug 12, 2004 – Mark W. CARTRET. v. The Honorable Thomas V. ALDRIDGE, Jr. … Maynard

Tillman Lane
2015 years 8 months ago

Doug Sasser was alright before he became judge. When he made head judge he got worse. He acts as if he is a god and looks down his nose on the rest of us. His dad has through his job robbed many poor people and taken their homes and farms. This entire family looks and acts like aristocracy and deal justice unfairly and unequally. It is a shame that we have such to represent our court system. it looks bad on this county and it belittles what justice was meant to be. My question is why would he go so stupid and favor child molesters and prople who commit violence. I for one do not understand such and cannot wait to see the proof. I asked a magistrate at church and he said it was so that Doug told them they had better free everyone on no bail or unsecure bail which amounts to the same thing. He didn’t agree with it or so he claimed. Said he had to eat and if he did not follow what he was told he most likely would befall Doug’s wrath. Shameful Doug, shame on you.

Pauley Ward
2015 years 8 months ago

I believe a few of the guests on this site or other sites have called this for what it is. The “Greedy” writer on the first WWAY TV 3 site most likely hit the nail on the head. Clearly this is about jealousy Mr. Greedy writer. Judge Sasser, and his banker dad that created his job (along beside of RC Soles) has openly talked about the bail industry “making way too much money.” It was Sasser’s law firm that allowed Adam Rooks to steal millions of dollars in a mortgage fraud scheme. I believe the Feds have since reopened the case and may very well be adding “others” that might eventually join Mr. Rooks and his family. Perhaps the judge is worried that he will need more money to pay towards possible legal fees in that matter? This is not about the bail industry though Judge Sasser and Judge Jolly would like to steer the issue that way. It is about the good judges championing crime and disregarding the facts and the victims’ rights. It is about them using them abusing their positions going after someone who does not agree with the corruption in this district. Look at Jon David and how Judge Jolly attacked him. Look at Charlie Miller and how Judge Jolly and another head judge went after him. Mr. Cartrette if you would not have stood with DA Jon David, Judge Sasser and Judge Jolly would not have went after you either. The public, contrary to what these judges would have it to believe, is not so stupid. Judge Sasser, we may not all be ‘NC State’ grads or born with a silver spoon like a banker’s son but we can read,write and do arithmetic in Columbus County. And yes, we can even think for ourselves, especially when the wolves in sheep’s clothing appear.

Troy Smith
2015 years 8 months ago

Mark has saved the taxpayers of Columbus County millions of dollars and it is a matter of public record. Just check with the AOC or go look in the shucks at the Columbus County courthouse. If he is greedy that is hard to see. He has, in the last year alone, given over $70,000 to various charities and donates much of his time to various nonprofit causes. I recall my cousin Linda Smith, who worked many years at Columbus County jail say many times Cartret got sick and disabled inmates out without charging them a fee. He even bought and paid for a motor for a family passing through one Christmas as they headed back to New York when their car had broken down and was being repaired. The service he performs saves the taxpayers. Look at the arrests he has recently made, Frog and Matt “Shady” Hill. The Sheriff’s House Arrest Program failed and Cartret and his agents, at his own expense, made the arrests. He is one of the few fathers I have seen that has fought for and kept custody of his kids despite the actions of a few corrupt judges who have done their best to help a mom that arranges fights in parking lots. You may not know what you say; people are often jealous and seldom state facts. There are two orphanages, one in Romania and the other in Hungary. Please ask the kids that he buys shoes, toys and clothes for if they think he is greedy. Judge Jolly and Sasser went after Mark due to his relationship with Jon David, our new District Attorney. Look at the date the policy began, 1 May 2011. Do a Google search and you will see Mark and other citizens signing a petition to support Jon David. You will see Mark and others standing up for justice and against the banker’s son and the corrupt political machine that has for so long ran most of our day to day activities. No, I do not think Mark a greedy person; maybe he should just sit back and keep his mouth shut. Maybe he should stop attacking corruption and try to accept that Columbus County is the way it is and that is how it will stay.

Mike Small
2015 years 8 months ago

Some things never change. How can you expect an attorney to challenge head judges that they must practice in front of? They will feel the same wrath these bondsmen have experienced. No judge should have as much power as these judges appear to have. To attack an industry of small business owners is wrong and probably criminal. To dangle the public safety on a string like these judges appear to have done is simply not right in any setting. Yes there is many complainers and I too have my share of looking the other way. The only names I see fighting this corruption are Jon David and Mark Cartret. There are others in the surrounding counties but they too are few and far in between. Same on the rest of you, on us. The crooked judges are only doing as they have for so many years learned. They probably think they are right since they have for so long gotten by with shady operations and working out of dark backrooms. Mark Cartret and Jon David live someplace else so that should say something. When they are gone or completely moved on, who will stand up? Not me, not you. End result, the crooks win again.

David Manolis
2015 years 8 months ago

I also know Mark and have been witness to his generosity, his sincere caring for this community and his commitment to his profession. The most disturbing fact in all of this is, are the Judges using the bench to punish Mark, Jon David or any other citizen? When a public servant uses the power of their office to inflict harm, intimidation, financial distress or character assassination against a citizen for real or perceived grievances it is a total abuse of power.

A Harbor
2015 years 8 months ago

My family had a suit in front on this Judge Sasser. We were told that he was honest and fair. After several hours of trial I noticed that something felt funny and something did not seem quiet right. We had everything in our favor and it was black and white and not gray. We lost. I later learned that the other side was friends with Doug Sasser and his family. By law and his code of ethics, he should have recused himself. Unfortunately he chose to do otherwise. He is a real jerk that is not fair and it is not fair that he sits in judgment above the rest of us. We appealed his decision and we won! Thank God that there is a process above this crooked judge.

James Windley
2015 years 8 months ago

You have the task before you. Remove them or shut up and blend in. If you cant bet them join them. Life will be easier for you pal. That seems to be the case in the poor area of Columbus. Senator Rabon understood this and moved on. He is owned by them just like RC Soles was. Columbus County will never change. The poor are very un- educated and will accept anything that the Sassers and the Gores and the Soles and now Rabons feed them. That is just the way it is. Sad but true.

Guest 1212
2015 years 8 months ago

Is this the bike that the Dept of Revenue seized and sold for $6700? Why would he or the sheriff pay you for such? Just curious. And by the way growing drugs for medical reasons is ok if you have a permit and reside in California. It is illegal in NC and SC and elsewhere. I believe both of your sons were charged and later found guilty of drug trafficking in NC and SC and also Florida. I was a bailiff in the courtroom and I did not hear the medical story introduced. Maybe you should appeal.

Moved away
2015 years 8 months ago

I moved away 6 years back. The county has gotten really bad. You have generations of crooks now passing the torch. Sasser was handed the torch from another less than honorable. And so it continues on. This bail policy has nothing to do with anything other than what I have been reading on other forums. Mr. Cartret left the democrats to join the GOP. Mr. Cartret was previously one of them as far as I am concerned. You can easily see where he was one of the largest supporters of the democrats by checking with the State Board of Elections. Now he is speaking out against corruption and the way the county continues to do things. So too was the new DA. They went after the new DA also didn’t they? See how they now carelessly play with and disregard the public safety? Unless you remove every single lifetime-elected politician in Columbus you will never get anywhere. Their Courthouse annex is named for a man that wa a previous administrator that killed himself amid a corruption scandal. The County’s current chairman over the Commissioners was recently arrested and has been numerous times throughout the years. Par for the course in the county.

Bail Bondsman
2015 years 8 months ago

Unsecured bonds do have their place in the judicial system BUT they have been given out way too much just to save time for which ever magistrate or judge a defendant is in front of. If a person has been arrested and they are charged with $10,000 unsecured bond for a drug possession charge, don’t you think the evidence is pretty good against them is pretty good to give them a bond like that? So what’s the use in making their bond unsecured? As bondsmen we have to ensure that that person is in court or we have to pay the bond amount. Why would the county not want to make sure that they would be covered either by a possible conviction of this person and getting the drugs off the streets or receiving bond forfeiture money, in this case $10,000 that goes to the school board attorney for that county. This is happening in Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties. I know people dont care about the bondsmen but we are an important part of the judicial system. We are NOT paid by any taxpayers dollars and we do contribute money to our county. I dont know why Mark Cartret is upset he is also in the electronic monitoring business(TarHeel Monitoring). They receive contracts to monitor a defendant for a certain amount of time for a certain amount of money which is funded by the county in efforts to “free up” jail space.Here is a link that addresses this issue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yr0XyxjxS4 <-Copy and paste it in your browser

Ron Lewis
2015 years 8 months ago

Over here Mr. Manolis they went after another good man. His name was Charlie Miller. Charlie knew something wasn’t right when the head Judge called him in and pulled him away from a trafic fatality. But he was ordered (not by Judge Jolly) but another head judge. Anyway he, as he has done for well over 20 years did as he was ordered. Turns out Charlie was used and quickly realized that he had been made a pawn to do the bidding of a corrupt judiciary namely two head judges which included Judge Jolly. Now they have come for Charlie also. They have done so after he told the truth and gave a statement of what these Brunswick judges pulled off. It is sad as I never knew we had such a problem until this happened. They really hate this new DA and anyone connected to him. Not knowing Mr. Carteret I have however heard of him. I have heard that he has guts and that he will stand up to corruption. A judge and the Sheriff were speaking well of him last week and while I was at the courthouse addressing a traffic ticket with my daughter. So the talk is out here too. I cannot quite understand how Judge Jolly fits in as a head judge in both districts. The superior court heads are different however. I am not much into politics and sadly haven’t done much more than show up to vote for the last 30 years. I assure you that will change. I cannot vote against this Judge Sasser as I live here in Brunswick, but I can and will show up to vote against Judge Lewis and Judge Jolly God willing. The shameful way they have misrepresented our County and the justice system here will not go un-noticed.

Guest1959
2015 years 8 months ago

Maybe an attorney with some sense will come forward and challenge Sasser. He has become more corrupt than ever and acts as if he is 10 feet tall. Jolly will have a challenger so if we can get some new judges, the County should be able to shed these reptiles easily. The people are fed up with their one-sided tag teaming approach at justice. Politics rule with these good old boys and rights are being trampled on a daily basis as long as they are in power. Parents in family court have become victims of back room antics just as many other civli and criminal issues which the bad judges have turned a blind eye or open wallet to. God sees all and He truly will allow true justice to reclaim this district.

mad hatter
2015 years 8 months ago

I could not agree more. The people do not know what the Sassers pulled in order to put this sorry excuse of a human being in office. The voters do not know that this is RC’s judge as it was RC Soles who created the legislation and placed it on Bonner Stiller’s desk. The legislation that created the sham of a job by dividing the district was highly unethical and borderline illegal. You now have Judge Sasser in such a questionable position. He needs to be thrown out of office and someone more qualified properly elected in his place.

PS: Lets not forget about the part Governor Easley played in appointing Judge Sasser. Another crook and convicted felon, ex-Gov. Easley was in on the Sasser appointment. Look it up.

Robert Law
2015 years 8 months ago

Crazy and insane are two words I would use to describe the judges’ bail policy. I recently had the honor of representing a client in Columbus County. Being from another area of this great state, I had, in the past heard about the policy someone has termed the “Sasser and Jolly bail policy.” While I did get to meet both judges, Judge Sasser and Judge Jolly and found both to be nice and very respectful; I was shocked at the number of defendants appearing who had $0 bonds. I have not in 18 years witnessed such a ludicrous demagogy. Armed robbery, incest, child molestation, attempted murder, habitual felons and you just about name it; these people are running loose free and out of jail on no bond. This policy is a direct reflection on the two judges who crafted it and it should be placed into a deep waste basket. The public safety be damned. How Judge Sasser could obtain an appointment on the crime commission is beyond me. The next governor should look closely at this appointment.

Guest2462
2015 years 8 months ago

Yes there is a need for unsecured bail, just as there is a need for secured bail, cash bail and sometimes property bail. And with the miracles of modern technology through Global Position Systems tracking, there is also a need for pretrial release programs. What has caused this latter need? Hum, let’s see. Could it be corruption in the bail industry? The group that you clip and pasted AFPB had two leaders which were convicted felons, con men and shysters. Remember Mike Donavon and his partner Mr. ‘bad check writer’ Moore? It is a shame that the gentleman speaking in this video is the elected Clerk of court for Davidson County. The Hon. Brian Shipwash is a good man but some of the dogs he’s hanging around may very well place some fleas upon him. Tom Apodaca, Ben Burr, David Beasley, Mark Cartret, Larry A. Powell, Jim Kelley and a few others were most likely writing the bail laws while you were on probation. Thank these guys for being the founders of where you now receive your ‘unearned income.’ The more than 1400(and increasing) would shrink to around 400 if you remove those with criminal records, which otherwise could not get a job with Walmart. Judges like options and they are exercising those options daily. Eventually bail will be gone and pretrial will have its day. The pretrial market will never allow criminals to join its ranks so it may just last for quite a few years. You new faces of bail have put your own selves out of business. Senator Tom Apodaca is ashamed to even be around you and calls himself an entrepreneur. Look at his website. These judges are idiots but somewhat I do not blame them. If I could shut down thugs from operating in my area, I would too. Let me be clear, I am not calling Tom or Mark or any of those mentioned above thugs. These guys are few and far in between and it seems as if they are trying to run from the rest of you.

Carolina B
2015 years 8 months ago

I believe that this further goes to show how corrupt this county has become. You finally have some with the courage to stand up those like Mark Carterette that have worked in the court system for many years. And now these judges will show him and his supporters who is the real boss of this dirty career politician infested county. They are clearly abusing their authority and playing dirty politics business as usual here. Some of this is Carterett’s fault as he can be found to be one of the democrats biggest supporters. But I am glad he has now come over to our side and we need more like him. I have one question. What if Judge Sasser’s family was robbed or raped? Do you think the criminal that did such would get an unsecured bond? No, of course not. Sasser and his upper class ruler’s lives are more valuable than us commoners. To Sasser and his good old boys we are peasants. His dad as a big banker has robbed many people and used his influence to give Judge Sasser a high paying taxpayer job. It is time for Judge Sasser to go and take his buddy RC Soles and Judge Jolly with him.

lilly ron
2015 years 8 months ago

Here, here.

linenlady
2015 years 8 months ago

Well if he is so generous, then why doesn’t he pay for the motorcycle he obtained fruadulently from my son for bail?? and also I wonder why my son wasn;t released without a bond? He was only growing marijuana to aid in his cancer pain! Oh I see let’s let the violent people go and keep the good ones in jail. They all must be afraid of the violent ones!

Guest tired
2015 years 8 months ago

Think Dougie Sasser cares? Nope, not one tiny winsy bit. He has daddy’s money and Sasser power and influence to keep him safe from harm’s way. Rhonne Sasser through BB&T and UCB used more influence than anyone could imagine. Now Dougie reaps the benefits he and his red haired former girlfriend-secretary turned wifey who turns her nose up at the locals. The Sassers have always acted like they are above the rest of us. We have the wrong man in this office and we will surely pay. All they care about, he and his wonderfully connected family, is votes, vote buying, power and more money to line his family’s pockets. He aint even close to being a real judge let alone a real responsible and honest human being.

2015 years 8 months ago

These Sassers are like the Gores. They are big money people and seek to control this county. The good people of this county are basically honest and simple hardworking poor folks. The good people of the county deserve better representation in elected officials than the Sassers. They deserve a better head judge in the courtroom and not one that is a fake, one that looks down on simple people and one that uses his position for personal gain. It is a shame how RC Soles created this position for his good buddy banker Rhone Sasser. It is clearly unethical and most likely illegal what they pulled off. RC, as an attorney, needed a head judge he could “work.” So he divides the district and pushes a more qualified African American judge (Ola Lewis) to the single county of Brunswick. Lewis was in-line to replace Gov. Mike Easley’s friend, the retiring thug, longtime Judge Bill Gore. Gov. Easley is now a convicted felon. RC, who is constantly being investigated, is now also a convicted criminal and always in the news for questionable actions that continue to cause embarrassment to this county. It is time for Sasser to go. When is RC’s judge, Doug Sasser up for election?

Johnny West
2015 years 8 months ago

Child Molesters and wife beaters on no bail is crazy. I cannot believe that I have to pay $250 for a wildlife ticket but these judges let crooks out for free. Stupid judges.

Guest3030
2015 years 8 months ago

What is the bigger picture here in this backwards county? These judges who appear to champion criminals are no friend to the victims. Actually they could not be deemed as fair or unbiased in any fashion as they seem to favor the ones committing despicable acts of violence against innocent victims. There was a reason our Founding Fathers created the system of bail which has remained in place for hundreds of years. I am no champion of attorneys or bondsmen but having one of them on my brother’s bond saved my mom and the family’s farm a few years back. If I were the Sasser I would worry about the PR that is surely to come one day. Let out a rapist for free and watch his career go down the tank when that rapist rapes again, while on this Sasser-Jolly bond.

Jim Johnson
2015 years 8 months ago

My daughter was beat by her no-good choice of a mate. This has been ongoing for the past year due to him falling off of the wagon. finally I talked her into taking out a warrant at the CCSD. Magistrate Green was nice and polite and seemed to understand how violent the situation had become and the gravity of the circumstances. He issued a warrant. i assumed domestic violence meant secured bail and that Mr. No Good would be staying in the County Motel but boy was I fooled. The bail was set at $500 unsecured and the arresting officer politely said that No Good beat him home from the magistrate’s office. No bail for No Good. What happened? My daughter was again beaten within 1 hour of her attacker being arrested. She now has 2 black eyes and a busted lip. I never really knew much about bail and neither dis she. I feel responsible for talking her into taking out those papers and the situation I placed her in. I called the magistrate’s office and spoke with Magistrate Worley who harshly informed me that it was now Judge Sasser’s policy and the magistrate’s office was only following orders. He saif he was sorry and would issue another warrant. Yeah right. More unsecured bail probably. No thanks. Thanks Judge Sasser for my daughter “being made safer.” I cannot help but wonder what circumstances lead a magistrate to unsecure this bail. No sir the public is not any safer under your policy, your watch or your program.

Happily Retired
2015 years 8 months ago

To Mr. ‘Bail Bondsman.’
Some in your system are Ok and perform a great service, but some are thugs and should be behind bars, just like some of the thug attorneys and judges. There is much corruption in the court system and these judges not recognizing victims’ rights by unsecuring bail for violent offenses are nothing more than judicial activists. Maybe they are jealous of you guys making so much money, I do not know. I have witnessed the pretrial program in our county working well and if Mr. Cartret runs a monitoring company then what of it? Maybe you are jealous of him? Is his business not a legal entity just like bail? I retired from the court system 7 years ago and moved away from the bull in that county. I recall Mr. Cartret’s uncle “ Bruce” Sellers. They always helped a lot of people and have given so much to the community. This man in your video is an elected clerk of Court that appears to be working for the bail bondsmen and on the bail bondsmen’s payroll. I question his portraying himself or representing himself as a clerk of court while doing this one-sided video. So it does not take me long to figure out his motives and incentives. Anyway the bail bondsmen do perform a viable and a money saving service. I would agree with that. I have become like a lot of people and do not care for the shape these judges have put our system in. If a judge is letting child molesters free and rapists and those who beat women free on unsecured bail then these judges have crossed the line and gone way too far and must go. This makes me sick and I wonder what the system has come to.

Les W
2015 years 8 months ago

Not sure that you or anyone should call an entire family “crooks.” They are power hungry, I will give you that. And Doug Sasser is not fit to be a judge or a head judge for that matter, on that I can agree. His dad bunked with Mike Easley while the senior Sasser attended NC State. It looks like RC Soles also played a part in creating his job. RC was the one who approached Bonner Stiller who helped draft Doug’s Bill. These guys have manipulation of the district and self-serving pieces of legislation down to a science, I will also give you that. Doug Sasser should go period.

2Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

So am I to believe that drunk drivers and other offenders including those that beat their wives are freebies by Jollys’ and Sassers’ standards? And as for raping or molesting a child, am I to understand that Sasser is fine with those and does not view a risk as everything is running smoothly and as planned?” Maybe now I can understand why Chad Adams called him a “Solesketeer.” Maybe Sasser is true to his good friend RC and going easy on such people in expectations for the charges RC might eventually face. He could then justify an unsecured bond for the ex-Senator who created his (Sassers’) job while dividing the district and putting in another head judge-Ola Lewis. You are a winner Mr. Judge Sasser. The victims (ah excuse me) I mean the offenders i.e. rapists, child molesters and others from the world of thugdom should salute you.

rupert
2015 years 8 months ago

Looks like this judge is a perfect addition to Columbus County and its old antiquated system of good old boy back-room justice. Mr. Sasser obviously operates from a different set of values than the rest of us. But then again he can go home to his protected and most likely gated community unlike most citizens. Unleash ‘em all judge. They all have a right to freely roam about and commit more crimes, huh? It is most likely societys’ fault in the first place huh?

Ann Clark
2015 years 8 months ago

When Doug became judge I figured that he was a straight up and pretty honest guy. I have always heard the rumors about his dad robbing poor folk but decided to keep an open mind and not judge, least I be judged. The Bible says as much. Anyway the way that he worked with RC Soles to divide this district while causing the taxpayers to creat a duplicate position in Brunswick was wrong. Jerry got to remain head district court judge presiding over the entire district while Doug was awarded two counties so as to not pee off the fact that a black judge who was the more qualified could have Brunswick. She was actually pushed to Brunswick. We should all pray that Doug will change his ways and seek forgiveness. Abusing his power to attack Republicans is wrong. Attacking Jon David is wrong. Attacking others who are of a different opinion is wrong. Jerry has never had a wife or a girlfriend. RC put him in his current job as well. Now, tell me what is wrong with these judges. They have been bought and paid for. Is there really any surprise that they are letting criminals ie child molesters out for free?

Roy
2015 years 8 months ago

I read where this Judge Sasser has been appointed to the Governor’s Crime Commission. The Commission serves a lot of good or has in the past especially as one of its stated purposes is to work against violent crimes and domestic violence. Someone obviously did not review the good judge’s past record. Very soft on crime he has a policy of allowing rapists, murders and child molesters walk free. Clearly as the governor has decided to step down this is a political appointment. Wise up Commission, you have a true judicial activist in your midst.

Jenny Hammonds
2015 years 8 months ago

Judge Sasser is as fair as Boss Hogg on the “Dukes of Hazard.” I personally witnessed a case that I felt strongly that he should have recused himself on. He was indirectly involved and the attorney was informed. The attorney refused to file a motion for the judge to remove himself claiming that the judge would get angry and harm our side. The attorney said, facts in hand, Sasser had no choice but to rule in our favor. He claimed that “the law is the law” no matter what the judge’s involvement with the other side. We were assured that the judge would be fair if for nothing more than the fact that the law required that he do so. During the trial I learned that the judge’s sister-in-law was talking with her hair dresser and running me and my family down. She was saying things that were clearly not so. I did not even know this lady and I have never had a criminal charge. As a matter of fact, this was the first time I have ever been in court or taken anyone to court. We lost in front of Judge Sasser. However I eventually won but we had to go in front of another judge and under similar circumstances in order to get justice. I have since heard lots of similar stories about Sasser. The judge is clearly not fair and will help his friends. His family obviously discusses matters about certain cases at the dinner table. It is shameful that Douglas Sasser is allowed to sit on the bench. There is a God and all is seen and I believe true justice eventually comes to such people as this judge.

Ronnie Davis
2015 years 8 months ago

Didn’t this judge Sasser work with Butch Pope’s firm? Isn’t that the same firm that represented the cop killers that murdered Cpl. Bob Hinson? Also didn’t this firm Sasser was a partner with represent Fuzzy Best, the guy that murdered the Baldwin family after raping the 80 year old lady in front of her husband? Maybe he is too soft on crime and could care less about the side of the victims. Maybe he is reaching out like the OJ Simpson jury did and paying society and the system back. I am just saying.

SurfCityTom
2015 years 8 months ago

Poor Frog, everyone’s favorite weasel and leading candidate for the Forrest Gump “Stupid is as Stupid does” award sits under a $25 million secured bond.

That’s not right in lieu of the serious charges which result in unsecured bonds.

linenlady
2015 years 8 months ago

You need to hear both sides of the story before you make your comments. I know and apparently you know what really happened
regarding that bike. they are all fraudulent crooks. this has nothing to do with who is in jail and what for.
this has to do with the underminded way things were handled and the sneaky way those columbus county sheriff’s department work. don’t worry,there day is coming. I am not afraid of them and I have nothing to loose and everything to gain. If they want another civil war, I will be more than happy to participate.
and just for the record the bike was sold for $6700.00 of which 75% of it went to the sherriff’s department.it is going to cost them alot more if I can get one honest person in that county to represent me.

Guest 124
2015 years 8 months ago

hi, was your son the one with the special made bike they were talking about in the storage building? didnt you go after mark cartrette and kevin norris and the sheriff batten? they did no wrong here. i believe your two sons ended up in prison did they not? the bike was sold for a tax lien on the drug seizure isn’t that the one you speak of? has nothing to do with kevin norris sheriff batten or the bondsman cartret. complain to the nc dept of revenue who sold the bike for 5k. they were all doing their job as i guess your drug dealing family was. it is all about the good guys and the bad guys, the cops and the dealers. good luck.

linenlady
2015 years 8 months ago

I wonder how much mark was offered for the motorcycle he gave up to
the columbus county sheriffs office that he originally took for collateral?? the sheriffs department knew Mark was getting this bike before my son was even bailed out…… oh by the way, which never happened… more collateral was needed after the bike was given to the sheriff’s department… Yea right! found another bonds man who didn’t even require collateral! Now tell me they are all not in this for each other’s pockets. Karma will come around.. it always does!

1Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Mark, calm down. It is improper to try to mislead the readers into believing that you are “Judge Sumrell” or any other judge. Although you would have the readers believe that Mark Cartret frets about public safety, ole Mark Cartret gets more crooks out of jail than anyone in Columbus County. He just wants a cut or a commission. Ole Mark seems to like controversy, commissions, and helping crooks get out of jail. However, please stop the whining and the groundless attacks on others.

keepingthejob@aol.com
2015 years 8 months ago

This “write it down” the Honorable Judge Douglas Sasser mentions is nowhere in the law or North Carolina General Statutes. It is highly burdensome on magistrates that often work long shifts. It does however suit the judge’s purpose. Judge Sasser does not tell you that he has told magistrates that they had “better use more unsecured bonds” and neither will he tell you that “2.5” magistrates must be let go by years end. Now he has much say so as to which magistrates stay or which ones must go, so says Sandra Lewis, the head magistrate. So once again it has been stressed that if magistrates would like to keep the job, the ones that do not follow “the good Judge’s wishes” payback will come for 2.5 of them-just like it has obviously came for Mark Cartret and anyone else that speaks out. The magistrates are not stupid and are only trying to feed their families. No one agrees with releasing(free of bail) such as has been unleashed on this community since the 1st of May.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

this has been horrible i have seen guy walk on sexual battery, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inficting serious injury, assault on a female, ect. i understand non violent crimes being unsecured but they are playing with fire and what will it take to make them see that? a woman getting murdered by her husband because she called to police on him? if there are no concequences for violent actions, whats to deter these violent offenders from repeating this behavior? God have mercy on this county and the judge who allowed this.

Guest28541
2015 years 8 months ago

First was the playing politics by Judge Jolly with the DA over traffic court was bad enough but when bleeding heart liberal crap lets dangerous offenders out on unsecured bail and then trying to pass the buck to the magistrates is ridiculous. Then again all one needs to do is look at the bond issues with Frog to find its laughable as to whats been going on with the bond issue.

April
2015 years 8 months ago

This is Judges Sasser and Jolly. These are the judges that attacked the new district attorney Jon David. The judge is incorrect and taking the law saying they patterned this policy after law. He holds almost all of the discretion and can decide which way to go. That is basically how the law was written. I read it on the site “Sasser-Jolly set ‘em all free on unsecured bail in district 13a.” The judge is putting no weight on the victims’ rights or concerns. As a law student at Carolina I think this judge or these judges have proven they’re unfit. Hopefully there will be a good candidate to rise up as a replacement in the near future.