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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Judge Jerry Jolly took District Attorney Jon David all the way to the state Supreme Court over the DA’s new traffic court program, but the judge would not stop for our camera when we tried to ask about the high court ruling against him.

Judge Jolly did not have much to say when we asked about last week’s ruling against him rejecting a traffic court program in Brunswick County.The ruling marked the end of a nearly year-long battle between the Chief District Court Judge and the District Attorney.

Although David was interested in Jolly’s reaction to the decision, he says he’s looking forward to working with all judges to make traffic court more efficient.

“I want the community to know that at least from my side of the fence I’m completely willing to work with Judge Jolly and every other leader in the criminal justice system for the betterment of the community that we all serve,” David said.

Judge Jolly shut down traffic court last April because he said David was trying to run a scam by using the Streetsafe program with it. The Supreme Court ruled that move was outside of Jolly’s power.

Now David is looking forward to moving on with his plans.

“Traffic program is back, and I’m very heartened by the fact that Judge Jolly and I were able to come together and map out a chart moving forward of how that could be reintegrated into our system,” David said. “I’m very excited that now Streetsafe will be a tool in the tool chest for us.”

Despite Jolly’s silence, both sides must now work together with the system in place.

In his original decision, Jolly accused David of using Streetsafe because it was run by a person who donated to David’s campaign.

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  • GuestPowerGraber

    You obviously have not seen the sign over the DA’s office. Talk about Power Graber! None of the Judges have EXTRA LARGE SIGNS announcing to the world where their offices are! NO, tell it like it is….Court of Appeals Upheld Jolly’s Order. Republican Supreme Court vacated order after Jon David’s investigator taught ’em all how to shoot! Check their conceal carry certificates on file in the Wake County Sheriff’s office. Richard White, concealed carry expert teaches the supremes how to shoot.

    Now Lady Justice, which way are you peeking today?

    PS. Real Men don’t have to advertise! Size does matter, and his sign is wway to big to believe it’s true!

  • Concern

    These posts have Judge Ola Lewis written all over them. What personal gain do Judge Jolly and Lewis have in breaking the law. The highest court in the state have stated clearly, both are out of line. These two need to go in the next election or petition them out of office. Here is a program that helps not only any citizen but also our youth, showing the danger of texting while driving or consuming alcohol while driving. Good job Mr. DA, thanks for looking out for us and not being on some power grab, as Jolly and Lewis have been.

  • Thelawisthelaw

    Just look at the list of cry babies out there putting their ‘spin’ on the antics of Jolly, the puppet of Lewis. And yes, it is their ‘spin and no ‘spin’ on the part of David. This decision was reached by the NC Supreme Court with a four judge panel that included republicans and democrats. The verdict was unanimous! So now all you Jolly-Lewis groupies are sitting at your keyboards rendering opinions that you feel are above the highest court in the state. David said all along Jolly was outside his authority but would put his faith in the courts and accept the verdict regardless of what that verdict may be. Well folks, it is in and Jolly-Lewis lost. Too bad they as Judges can’t accept the verdict of a higher court. Now that Jolly must follow the order of that court, we the people, won. So groupies, get over it. Also, you may want to form a search party for Judge Jolly and Judge Lewis as they seem not to be found by anyone anywhere. How gutless they won’t show their faces. Disgraceful!

  • Guest21

    The 13th Judicial District District has had Defensive Driving School for over 20 years, which has been administered by the local Community Colleges. The costs were cheap and the colleges got the money.

    This ego battle, which David started, was over whether or not David could have a little “payola” for his financial backers. The losers are the poor drivers along with Brunswick Community College, Southeastern Community College, and Bladen Community College.

    David is an egotistical scary person. However, it takes Jon David to keep sleazy “boy-lover”, RC Soles, and slick, bank board “thief”, Richard Wright in check.

  • factfinder

    Hard to argue with concrete facts in the state employees public salary database. Jon David, by filing multiple hearings in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court; willingly chose to spend 1 year of his public salary time to ‘fight’ political chest thumping battles. Instead of upholding his District Attorney Oath of Office, commanding that the District Attorney spend his salaried time prosecuting criminal cases.

    Public salary database http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/99999999/MULTIMEDIA/110209714

    § 7A-61. Duties of district attorney.
    The district attorney shall prepare the trial dockets, prosecute in a timely manner in the name of the State all criminal actions and infractions requiring prosecution in the superior and district courts of his prosecutorial district, advise the officers of justice in his district, and perform such duties related to appeals to the Appellate Division from his district as the Attorney General may require. Effective January 1, 1971, the district attorney shall also represent the State in juvenile cases in which the juvenile is represented by an attorney. Each district attorney shall devote his full time to the duties of his office and shall not engage in the private practice of law.

  • Off The Cuff

    While David seems to have “won” the battle, the losers are the local community colleges in Columbus and other counties. Southeastern has had a driving school for a very long time. Why should not the local economy and that college benefit from those who are sentenced to driving school. No, instead David wants his friend and benefactor to benefit and it costs the poor citizen even more money than that charged by the college. “I scratch your back and you scratch mine” is what David is doing. Columbus County is one of the poorest counties in the state, yet David wants those convicted of traffic violations to have to use an out of county service and pay more to boot. You tell me who that benefits?????

    David can try to spin it any way he likes, but facts are facts. Money speaks loudly doesn’t it David…….no Mr will be used ever in regards to him. He doesn’t deserve that much respect when he turns a blind eye to the Leland situation and spends more time on a traffic school.

  • Fed Up and Disgusted

    This went all the way to the Supreme Court over a $235.00 donation yet not one person has questioned the $1500.00 filing fee that was paid by a Bruns. Cty. elected official who was immediately given the Chief Investigator job by D.A. David. Since that appointment there are over 20 unsolved murders in Brunswick and Columbus Counties and no one questions that. Cronyism? Good Old Boys?

  • Guest2020

    I agree. I don’t believe he was working in the citizens’ best interest with the way he chose not to take any meaningful action with the situation with Leland’s police department. With that election I voted for only one democrat and that was Butch Pope. I was willing to give David the benefit of the doubt. I think he could have handled the traffic court situation and he should have respected the judge enough to consult with him on it. I also believe that the judge could have handled it better as well. Still, I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. The lack of action on his part regarding Leland’s police department has reaffirmed my decision not to vote for him. He placed his friend’s interest above the interests of those he was elected to represent.

  • Vote for Jolly

    Has anyone ever sat through a day with Jolly? Why is it he allows cases to get continued if one of his friend/attorneys requests for no “valid” reason? Uhh, your honorless…I would like to have this case continued because I think the other parties will get tired and give up….Motion granted!!!! Your honorless, I have a tee time at 9:45, now I know this case has been on the books for years but heck, you’re invited also…Motion granted court in recess until I am done. Give someone a robe and they think they are god without consequences. UNBELIEVABLE

  • Guest123456

    It is funny to hear DA David talk about working with community leaders. As a resident of Brunswick County and someone involved in the law enforcement community, I can assure you that all police chiefs (other than Leland) and sheriff deputies have lost confidence in this DA and regret any and all support they gave him during the last election. It is unbelievable that this DA continues to say he is working for the community when all he does is go on radio/TV and self promote himself. If I was a police chief or sheriff, I would distance myself from this DA as much as possible. I only hope that the public is able to see what everyone in the law enforcement community has seen…that this DA is hurting Brunswick County and its citizens.

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