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By Ashley Withers

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — The price just went up for New Hanover County on former Commissioner Brian Berger's appeal.

The county has hired outside counsel to represent them during the appeal proceedings. A cost estimate for the services was not immediately available Monday morning.

Up until this point, the county's team of three staff attorneys has handled the case. Now the task will fall to Greenville-based lawyer John Martin with Ward and Smith, a law firm with five locations across the state.

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  • Rick Wilson


    I do not have the exact count, I can’t find my research. It was quite a few and I wonder if all these donors would stand up to a SBI investigation while being questioned under oath? If I do not find my notes, I will go back thru his donors. The nice folks at the Board of Elections will show you how to look this up if anyone else is curious as to whom helped Mr. white set a new record.

    In this economy, it is nice to see so many homemakers have $5,000.00 to blow on a County Commission Candidate who now believes he was elected King/God/Dictator of NH County…….

    With Mr. White’s record setting donations, maybe he will foot the bill for the attorney instead of the tax payers……

  • Mr.MoneyBags

    Your absolutely correct I do not have a job im a proud and very successful land devloper.. I give deadbeats like you “a job” wouldn’t doubt your on public assitance!!
    Berger For Governor!!!!!!!

  • Vog46

    How much of that $125,000.00 was in $5,000.00 increments from people listed as “homemakers” according to election records?
    Did their check have Greek Olive Oil stains on them?
    How many “homemakers” from New Hanover County can afford to donate $5,000 checks to a person running for county commissioner?


  • Angewidert

    ‘Nuff said.

  • Guest 1492

    it’s highly unlikely you even have a secretary, much less a job.

  • Gustafo

    I’m so glad to see Wilmington reap the benefits of electing a New Yorker to a local political office.

  • Guest111

    He is a citizen of the county and a voter. Those in office were elected to serve the citizens, not their personal agenda. We have the utmost right to know where the monies are going and if you have any sense at all you know we have been lied to and mislead repeatedly by the city directors and county commissioners.

  • guesty

    If he had any decency. You must have forgotten his career… he is a lawyer.

  • Mr.MoneyBags

    It’s time to run down this commision like a freight train in court!! Keep fighting don’t give up or give in to these represenatives of The New World Order!! I support you sir and today had my secretary send you a check to assist with your cause….

  • Rick Wilson

    If it was not such a serious issue, White’s witch hunt would be laughable. He admits in an interview on WWAY that he was unsure of all of the facts and is still unsure of all of the facts. He then chose to dust off an ancient process and bend it to fit his agenda. The only transparency here is that 3 sitting Commissioners led by Woody White chose to bypass the electoral process and remove one of their own. What is not transparent is why.

    He then promised it would not cost anything because he would use attorneys already on the payroll. A politician that lied should not be a surprise to anyone………

    The Amotion Hearing consisted of 3 Commissioners acting as judge, testifying witnesses, jury, and executioners. Why didn’t any of the terrified women employees that Commissioner Dawson spoke so passionately about testify? Why was Brian Berger not allowed to face his accusers? Why didn’t we hear what caused this terror? I guess when you are allowed to write the rules for “Kangaroo Court” as you go along, anything goes.

    Here are some facts:

    Brian Berger did not disrupt Commission meetings, most of the time he just sat there quietly and cast his vote.

    The waste of county funds Brian Berger was accused of and berated for by Councilman Wolfe was proven false. Was it Woody White that gave Mr. Wolfe the false information? Do any of these officials research anything prior to putting their mouths or tax payer dollars into action?

    Woody White blew the so called “situation” with the Governor out of proportion. I can assure you if the Governor felt threatened or even slightly appeared to be threatened, his security detail would have responded and detained/body slammed Mr. Berger. Since this did not occur, why did Woody White and the press choose to make such a fuss over nothing? Are they suggesting the Governor’s security detail is inept?

    Woody White spent over $125,000.00 to get elected. This is a new record and approximately $50,000.00 more than had ever been spent previously to be elected a County Commissioner in NH County. It makes me wonder if he is still his own person or a puppet whose strings are controlled by others………. And, if Titan is one of his puppeteers, do we want foreign corporations buying/controlling our elected officials?

    One of the conspirators (Mr. Wolfe) in this amotion process was not elected to this council, he was appointed. If Mr. Berger’s removal is upheld, another member will be appointed making 2 of the 5 members not elected by the people they represent. This is an easy way to stack a council and bypass the electoral process.

    Some might consider the amotion process this Commission used to remove one of its members transparent. While the hearing might have been, the true motives behind the hearing were/are NOT. The “Triplets of Terror” appear to have night vision equipment while the rest of NH County is left in the dark………………….In most cases, I believe if you follow the money, the truth is not far behind…………….

    Mr. White, Mr. Wolfe, and Ms. Dawson are the ones who need to be removed from the Commission. Their actions prove that they do not have a problem in bypassing the electoral process. A commissioner that is acting like a self-appointed dictator and their co-conspirators should not be allowed to remain in any form of Government in the United States.

  • And who are you to demand an answer from the County Rulers.

  • Common Sense

    Here’s another point. He’s just as much danger to everyone now as he was before. Removing him did nothing to help with that issue. They should have just let this ride out and let the people vote him out next year.

  • Monkey Junction

    It is time for Woody White to get out of politics. If he had any decency, he would resign today.

  • Guest757

    When this all started we (the taxpayer) were told it wouldn’t cost us anything. That you would use the lawyers on staff. Now, We want answers why did you hired another firm?

    This isn’t going to go away with some answers.. we are tired of being told one thing and then government officials doing what they want..

    Tax payers want answers !!!!!

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