DA: Sheriff ‘unprofessional’ in accusations toward challenger

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Submitted: Fri, 04/25/2014 - 9:13pm
Updated: Sat, 04/26/2014 - 4:30pm

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown is under fire after making what the district attorney called “unprofessional accusations” toward his opponent.

During a phone conversation, Brown accused opponent Hans Miller of being linked to recent bomb threats in the county. The sheriff said a suspect arrested for a bomb threat told him Miller was connected to them.

The district attorney investigated, but found no evidence to support that claim.

“I do not condone the actions or words of Sheriff Brown during his phone call to Hans Miller on April 11, 2014,” DA Ernie Lee said. “I find those actions and words to be unprofessional and to reflect unfavorably upon Sheriff Brown.”

Lee went onto say though he did not agree with the accusations, the sheriff’s actions were not illegal, because they were protected by the First Amendment.


  • zenobia says:

    Could be worse could involve livestock! Carry on with a good clean NC election. And thank the good Lord for Freedom of speech.

  • guesty says:

    Hans might be linked to bomb threats since he is a former SBI agent that did investigations. That is like saying Ed Brown is linked to murders because he is the sheriff.

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