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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We’re learning more tonight about a Sunset Beach Police officer under investigation after prosecutors had to dismiss a court case in which he was a witness. The issue is notes the officer used in two different trials.

Adrian Iapalucci has been practicing law for more than 12 years and says he has seen it all. That was until last Wednesday

“This is the first time that I have ever seen two reports that vary so much,” Iapalucci said.

Iapualucci is a defense attorney and was trying a case for his client who had been arrested for DWI in Sunset Beach last year. His client was originally found gulty at the district court level, but later appealed to superior court for a jury trial.

“As a defense attorney I am always thinking about how do I cross examine a witness,” Iapalucci said.

The witness was Sunset Beach Police Officer Jamie Clemmons.

While preparing for his client’s new trial Iapalucci noticed several discrepencies in Clemmons’s notes.

“More significantly there were things that were different,” Iapalucci said. “There were answers or notes on one, the hand-written one, that were never on the typed one.”

The discrepencies led to the dismissal of the DWI case and the suspension of Ofc. Clemmons. Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey says the officer’s suspension is non-disciplinary.

According to the Sunset Beach Police Department’s website, Clemmons has been with SBPD since 2007. We tried to reach him today for comment, but were unsuccessful.

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9 Comments on "Defense attorney says issue that led to officer’s suspension something he’s never seen"

2015 years 10 months ago

I applaud Adrian for being the kind of attorney that he is and discovering unethical behavior in the police department. And given that your mother is not a saint, you should thank your lucky stars that she was able to get such a good attorney.

2015 years 10 months ago

Agreed, I wish there were more attorneys like that in this region because I am certain that’s not the first time it’s happened in Brunswick or any other county. Too often you’ll have a criminal defense attorney who has lived somewhere his whole life, member of the same country club as the DA and judge, and is unwilling to rock the boat fearing that they won’t get the sweet plea bargains and other preferential treatment they enjoy. I have honestly seen some of the most respected attorneys in Wilmington (private practice – the public defenders are used to angering everyone carrying out their client’s absurd wishes) pressure their clients into things not in their best interest to keep the other table happy.

Source: I deal with New Hanover County courts and see it on a regular basis.

Bobby Barbour
2015 years 10 months ago

I would like to think Mr Iapalucci for his work in this case. Without him we would have never known about the two reports or the differences between the two. Also it was his brilliant gift of cross examination which allowed the truth to prevail and to bring the wrong doings of Jamie Clemmons to light. I Have to say Mr Iapalucci is without a doubt the best and most professional attorney that I have ever met. He was by our side through every aspect of the case and comes highly reccomended

South Brunswick
2015 years 10 months ago

It is reported that Officer Clemmons has been suspended pending an investigation. That would lead most people to understand that someone can’t be disciplined until they are found to be guilty. We can also gather that this would be a foolish time for Officer Clemmons to be performing his normal duties, so a suspension is in order. So, it is called a non-disciplinary suspension. Pending the outcome of the investigation, he could be suspended in a disciplinary manner or even fired, or he could be exonerated and be owed an apology by us all. You are right that the issue at hand is an ethical one, but if found guilty he will be disciplined, and I am sure that District Attorney David knows how to do his job. If there was a criminal act committed, charges will come. As to you hoping that the SBI revokes his certification, once again you have no clue as to what you are talking about. Officer Clemmons’ cerification is held and can be pulled by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, not the SBI. As far as your wondering about Chief Massey hiring him and others that have worked elsewhere, that is just something that you will have to deal with when you become Police Chief. She owes you no explanation, but if you truly have questions you should go visit her at the Police Department and ask away.

2015 years 10 months ago

Chief Massey may say the officer’s suspension is non-disciplinary however it has everything to do with being unethical. From here on out every case Clemmon’s is involved in will be brought into question, just because he has proven to be unethical and it’s now on the record. Truthfully the DA needs to look into pressing charges on Clemmons for starters how about perjury and falsifying a police report. I hope the SBI revokes his certification!

Some of us wonder why Chief Massey hired him in the 1st place since he was relieved of his duties while working at another Brunswick County PD after being busted doing inappropriate things at work. But then again he is not the only officer that Chief Massey has working for her department that has either been fired or asked to resign from other departments within Brunswick County….

2015 years 10 months ago

…and put the whole pot on the stove for everyone to see if you’re aware of such corruption? They won’t do ya like they did Jimmy Hoffa. You’re anonymous here.

2015 years 10 months ago

You COPS are a real pice of work, arnt you. Maybe you should become a sitcom, you can get Charlie Sheen to starfor you.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you for saying what needed to have been said!! Thank you I think you call these people “arm chair quarter backs!”

2015 years 10 months ago

I am not saying that she is, but if the chief is hiring dirty cops, then yes she owes an explanation. And no, District Attorney Jon David does not know how to do his job. Have you forgotten his lack of action in the Leland Police Department’s corruption?


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