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ONLY ON 3: Judge lowers bond for former staffer facing felonies

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County woman arrested yesterday with her son used to work for two local judges. Now she's on the other side of the law after allegedly conspiring with her son to steal from people and businesses across Brunswick County.

Wednesday Tammie Pierce and her son Kyle were arrested and charged with a number of felonies for possession of stolen goods. Today, Tammie Pierce walked out of jail after having her bond reduced from $50,000 all the way down to $2,500.

As recently as last year Tammie Pierce worked as a trial coordinator in Brunswick and Columbus counties. While in that position she worked directly under Judges Ola Lewis and Jerry Jolly.

Thursday Jolly reduced the bond for Pierce, who faces six felonies, from $50,000 to $2,500.

We tried to speak with Judge Jolly to ask if it was a conflict of interest for him to handle her bond reduction request, but were told he was not in his office. When we tried his home number, we were told he would not be home.

According to warrants the Pierces stole more than $100,000 worth of equipment from people and businesses across Brunswick County.

According to District Attorney Jon David it is up to individual judges to decide whether or not they have a conflict of interest in any case. If so they are supposed to remove themselves from the hearing.

Kyle Pierce's bond was not reduced. He is in the Brunswick County Jail under $50,000 bond.

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Bond is to

Bond amounts are supposed to be based on the risk the defendant poses to society and to garantee the defendant shows up for court. It is NOT meant to be a form of punishment.

Is there a conflict of interest? Possibly, but remember, this judge knows the defendant and has some insight as to whether or not she is a danger or flight risk.

The judge probably concluded that the nonviolent charges against the defendant didn't warrant an exhorbant bond amount and reduced it. But, like the rest of you, I will be watching.

Seriously people. You know

Seriously people. You know NOTHING about the facts of this case. Yet you make assumptions based on preconceived beliefs about a judge you also don't know. Trust me. Judge Jolly is as fair as they get. Clearly the case against Ms. Pierce is weak. Let it play out before you pile on. I trust that when her charges are reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed you all will come on here and praise Judge Jolly, right?

Business as usual

"...it is up to individual judges to decide whether or not they have a conflict of interest in any case."

Nothing wrong with letting the fox watch the hen house just as long as you are the fox.

Strike two for Jolly this

Strike two for Jolly this week. I think that he should have recused himself, but I don't know that another judge wouldn't have reduced her bail.

AGAIN , We see, in this case

The *good Ole Boy*, or Women at work in BC... Such a Shame..
Would of it have Been your "average" person, it would be "Under the Jail" GUILTY as charged...
WITH public uproar...

This has absolutely nothing

This has absolutely nothing to do with good ole boy network. Tammie never worked for Jerry Jolly. Once again, WWAY's reporting is wrong and borderline unethical. I would love to hear WWAY respond as to why they would print that Tammie worked with Judge Jolly when she was the Superior Court Trial Court Administrator. Additionally, Jon David's response distorts what actually happened. His office could have vigorously contested any bond reduction, but they choose not to. If people would only get to know this district attorney, they would see what kind of person he actually is. He looks out for no one except himself, just ask the people who work for him. Please WWAY, look at the facts instead of listening to Jon David. Just because he gives you anonymous tips all the time, don't necessarily believe those "tips" to be true. Remember, they are all self serving.

You are exactly right about

You are exactly right about Jon David. And as I think about things, I wouldn't be surprised if he is the one that told the media that his office opposed the bail for the accused child molester being reduced to $20,000 dollars this week, trying to make himself look good, when in fact, his office wanted a mere $25,000.

Reduced Bond

No conflict of interest ? How could this not be a conflict of interest. It's probably not the first time and won't be the last that Judge Jolly and some others take care of a good ole boy or girl. Get in trouble and see how you are treated if you don't know a sitting judge.

Shocked?!

Really - let's consider the judge that reduced her bond. Even the mere suggestion of a conflict should have been enough for Judge Jolly to remove himself from this matter. What a great message this sends to other would be offenders - as always, if you know the right person then things will go much easier for you. Wow - it's always so comforting to see our justice system in action.

Santa Claus

Good ole Judge Jolly, jolly well gave her a early Christmas present due to his personal relationship with the defendant. If you or me came before him with the same crime and criminal record do you think he would have reduced our bond. I also bet Jon David did not object to the bond reduction. Are the victims of these thefts going to get their property back? nah!

At least the corruption isn't just in DC.

Good ole corruption and favoritism in all the hokey little towns, that's grassroots, we can all be proud.