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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will have to wait a little longer to appeal his violation of a protective order.

Berger says although his case was not heard today, it will be heard at some point this week in Brunswick County, where the case was moved after a change of venue request.

As he headed to his car, Berger talked about the case that stems from incidents with his ex-girlfriend last year.

He said he did not want his case heard in Brunswick County. Instead, he preferred a court out of the area, so local media would not be there.

Despite that, Berger said he just wants the truth to come out and for the public’s perception of him to change if he’s found not guilty.

“I just hope that the truth is told and witnesses who are called to testify tell the truth when they put their hand on the Bible, and that’s all I really want to see happen, is the truth come out,” Berger said.

Berger says there are many more important things going on in New Hanover County than his case, and he hopes attention can be turned toward those issues.

Berger expects for the issue to be resolved at some point this week.

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2015 years 8 months ago

This article states that he did not want his case heard in Brunswick County. Instead, he preferred a court out of the area, so local media would not be there. Does this man have any concept of the distance he would have to travel to prevent the media from reporting the news? Will someone please tell him just how far it is to North Korea. Oh wait, we even get reporting from there too. It is the job of the media to report what they consider or define as news and unfortunately he has placed himself well within the parameters of their definition of of their and our definition of news by his alledged actions.

2015 years 8 months ago

He wants to see “the truth to come out.” I believe Mr. Berger’s used that phrase a couple of times or two in the past with little success. Perhaps people might take him just a tad more seriously if he just stopped saying that.

Also, “he preferred a court out of the area, so local media would not be there” and yet he’s interested in “the public’s perception of him to change if he’s found not guilty.” How’s that supposed to happen if there’s no one to report on it? Yet once again, another example of Mr. Berger’s unique brand of circular logic.

2015 years 8 months ago

I would take berger and his faults to the likes of catlin and davis and their self dealing and arrogance. We have had a more transparent Board- in spite of efforts to dump on berger. Why isn’t Ben David prosecuting the thief who stole his notes(hey Sandy?)- or the county employee who leaked his personnel records exclusively to the star news? David believes in selective and poltical prosecutions. berger has faults but this corruption in wilmington is something many of us now see more clearly. So when you take cheap shots at him look in your own closet first!

2015 years 8 months ago

I’ll take pot shots at amateur boy all day long. Fact of the matter is, I know (and have worked) with many in state and federal law enforcement. I have received phone calls from his kind…claiming all sorts of widespread local corruption and the like. I have watched him work and threaten, up close and personal (saying he was late to a meeting because he was on the phone talking to the feds about local corruption). It’s really Greek theater (comedy & tragedy, for you kool-aid drinkers).

The last election, for Brian, like a lot others in the right place at the right time, was when the electorate was severely pissed off. Practically any fish coulda (and did) win an election. All you had to do was breath bubbles and spew the popular bait (trolling for Ben, Josh, and tattoo boy!)

I have met/discussed with him (in his commissioner capacity) about my opinions of local unethical political practices, but at the same time observed his crazy-eye wander around the room as he pontificated about all the local x-file conspiracies.

He may have an education…but so did the guy out in Colorado that killed twelve. I am not making a direct inference here…what I am saying is that Brian talks/sounds like an educated person…to the large number of idiots that elected him.

He is one and done. He should have resigned along time ago. He has no honor.

“I say that boy is about as sharp as a bowling ball!” – Foghorn Leghorn

2015 years 8 months ago

..but the train ain’t coming for Brian.

“That boy is about as sharp as a sacka wet mice.” – Foghorn Leghorn

2015 years 8 months ago

I’ve heard you call for this before, so grab a dictionary and read up on it at 2AM and then say these words… Oh yeah, it does apply to me too!

Transparency, as used in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability.

Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed.

Media Transparency is the concept of determining how and why information is conveyed through various means. If the media and the public knows everything that happens in all authorities and county administrations there will be a lot of questions, protests and suggestions coming from media and the public. People who are interested in a certain issue will try to influence the decisions. Transparency creates an everyday participation in the political processes by media and the public. One tool used to increase everyday participation in political processes is Freedom of Information legislation and requests. Modern democracy builds on such participation of the people and media. There are, for anybody who is interested, many ways to influence the decisions at all levels in society.

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 8 months ago

Mr Berger relied on the voters to do the right thing (in his mind) during the election but does not have the same faith in the voters during a trial??

Wilmington Observer

Barry Steinman
2015 years 8 months ago


Retire and move to Brunswick County. You will be fit in well and maybe those idiots at Fix Leland can help you get the publicity you so desperately crave. Do the citizens of New Hanover a favor for once and move beyond our county limits!


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