FIRST ON 3: Brunswick Co. law enforcement leaders fire back at Judge Jolly too

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Submitted: Thu, 04/21/2011 - 7:16pm
Updated: Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:25pm

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Law enforcement leaders, including the sheriff and most of the police chiefs in Brunswick County, have signed a letter requesting Judge Jerry Jolly rescind an injunction against the county participating in the StreetSafe program.

Jolly contends District Attorney Jon David is “running a scheme” placing drivers into the program because the local director gave David’s campaign a few hundred dollars.

The police chiefs say the judicial order will have a negative impact on officers, tying them up in court more and keeping them off the streets. They also say Judge Jolly did not seek their input, and they fully support David and the program.

Jon David released a statement today, saying, “The negative effects of this order are far reaching. Judge Jolly’s decision effects many in the criminal justice system including and especially law enforcement. I do not wish to make another public comment about this until I speak with Judge Jolly.”

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26 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Brunswick Co. law enforcement leaders fire back at Judge Jolly too"

James R.
2015 years 8 months ago

Corporations and Labor Unions are also prohibited form contributing. This law applies to all incorporated organizations, profit or non-profit. Business owners are not allowed to make campaign contributions from their business accounts.

2015 years 8 months ago

This was not a state contract and the Streetsafe program was not the only driving school that was being used, so why would there be a need to take bids on anything? There were 2 other driving schools that were already being used in the traffic court program that were sponsored by the community college, so this was just one more option IN ADDITION TO those other 2 programs that was going to be available to drivers in Brunswick County for helping them get their tickets reduced and to attorneys who would be able to help their clients get better deals than they would have otherwise. It wasn’t going to be the only game in town. There was clearly nothing wrong done here unless you think that helping citizens keep points off of their insurance and drivers licenses is a bad thing.

2015 years 8 months ago

I can’t agree MORE! This is the most unprofessional District I’ve ever lived in; I’ve been here just over 2 years & now wish I’d never seen it. These positions are legally supposed to be bid on whether non-profit or not. I agree solely with the blog on it because if you believe non-profit means NO PROFIT ,,,,,YOUR CRAZY!

2015 years 8 months ago

Was this function bid out? If no, why not? Also, don’t think “Non Profit” means “No Profit”. The people who run non profits make big bucks, and your a fool if you believe otherwise.
This is a no brainer David. Unless there is somthing to hide.

2015 years 8 months ago

Did he say Judge Jolly and his STAFF? Wow, talking about low! There are two women who work in the Judge’s office in Bolivia. They are both professional, hard working individuals. Now Sheriff, who is not being civil?

2015 years 8 months ago

You guys are funny, defending a drug dealer. This wasn’t the first time this gut got caught. He also threatened to shoot his own mother.Jon wasn’t the DA of New Hanover so why blame him?

2015 years 8 months ago

Jon David was the Asst. DA to his brother Ben, the DA, when this case started. It takes a couple of years to get a case like this through the system. His brother had him running the whole office in New Hanover County. Putting the offender in county on one of those high dollar bonds would have kept the guy away from his mother’s home. That is not uncommon behavior in crack addicts to threaten family members. There are seriously dangerous gangs in New Hanover, Pender and adjoining counties dealing drugs. Jon is afraid of those really bad people and worried about their other members if he goes after the dangerous ones. So we got the wimp addicts in jail for 18 years and the dangerous ones are out there doing business as usual. Thats why we’re seeing all the rise in the violent home invasions and victims being gunned down.Those people see what the DA is doing on the news… spending his time going after teenage girl assaults and senior citizens and such as that and simple addicts getting life sentences.

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Please tell me you aren’t serious in calling for the DA in Brunswick County to be fired because a drug dealer got sentenced in FEDERAL court in Wilmington to 18 years in prison for selling crack?! Are you on crack?! A ‘smidgen’?! Really?? Are you a crack dealer or user?! Otherwise, how would you even know how much that was, and why does it matter, because any amount of crack is too much to be out on the streets?! As a parent of 2 young children, I am GLAD that this guy was sent to prison for 18 years because that means that he won’t be able to sell crack to my kids! Not to mention that I didn’t see any indication that Jon David had anything to do with with this case, so I have no idea where you are coming from in the first place. It says that this was a joint operation with the feds and the WPD without any mention of Jon David or anyone in Brunswick County. However, if he did have anything to do with it, then that just makes me like him more! Putting more drug dealers in prison is a good thing, not a reason to fire someone!

2015 years 8 months ago

Yeah like you live in the GHETTO Jon. We all know exactly when you are writing this stuff and pretending to be someone else. All you do all day is write on news stations story comments and do a trial every two or three years Jon. Type in “GRAM” and “TEASPOON” Einstein and what do you get, the “smidgen” equivalent you made us all pay 18 years while you’re pretending you took a major drug dealer off the streets of a community you live in! give us all a break. We’re not stupid Jon! Did the guy’s mother have a house that you could asset forfeit? Will be looking into that. How on earth did you and your brother get all that millions in real estate in such a short 10 years here in Wilmington? At least the other DA’s here lived in modest homes within the neighborhoods of regular citizens, unlike you.

2015 years 8 months ago

Anyone who bakes cupcakes or cooks meals knows how many grams a teaspoon is. The DA tries to stop free speech by spinning media against everyone who posts or questions his cases as them being a ‘drug dealer’. And yes Jon is responsible for that case because its the DA’s office that has complete control of the case and sends it up to the Federal Court. Why hide from it by trying to act like you didn’t send the case to Federal Court for mandatory sentencing that is meant for serious drug dealers? Are you possibly ashamed because citizens called you out on it?

A. Cole
2015 years 8 months ago

•Contributions in the name of another person — are not permitted. Note: Parents MAY NOT make contributions in the names of their children.
Persons under 18 may contribute, but must do so willingly, under their own names, and with their own money.
*As in the case of the contribution of $1995.00 from a “student” named Zimmer on Jon David’s published contribution list.

FED up
2015 years 8 months ago

Far Reaching Jon?? Let me show you whats far reaching. This case of a guy getting sentenced last month to 280 months of TAX FUNDED FEDERAL JAIL. THATS 18 YEARS folks!
6.5 grams of crack and we get to pay for this fellas food, housing and security personnell to watch him for 18 YEARS!!! A gram is a ‘smidgen’ of a teaspoon folks! All of these cases start at the DA’s office. Fire him!!

Wolfman Jack
2015 years 8 months ago

I’ll bet law enforcement supports StreetSafe driving program…they write the tickets, then they are PAID BY STREETSAFE TO TEACH THE CLASS at StreetSafe’s Brunswick Community College classroom! What a deal! Do you people not see the conflict and ethical issues involved with this? Oh…and this SteetSafe driving school cost is about twice as much for the citizens as the other 2 driving schools offered at the community college, but I’m sure that doesn’t matter either…

Kudos to Judge Jolly. At least he looks out for the citizens.

2015 years 8 months ago

If you will look at the campaign records for Mr. David that have been posted online you will see that Douglas Darrell made a personal contribution to the campaign, but there is no indication that it came from the (NON-PROFIT) business account, so there is nothing wrong with that. You will also see that the contribution that was supposedly from the (NON-PROFIT) company that runs the program was refunded and not accepted, as was pointed out in another news article this week, so there was no problem with that either. These records are public record, so Mr. David was clearly not trying to hide them. The only thing that I see here is that a candidate for public office took a $250 contribution from an individual who works within the judicial system and whom Mr. David apparently knew already from the program in New Hanover County. That isn’t any different from a candidate taking money from a clerk or someone in law enforcement or even a defense attorney. The candidate knows those people from working with them in their employment, and the contributors think that they do a good job and want to support them. That’s what campaign contributions are all about, and it doesn’t appear that this is any different, so I just don’t understand why such a big deal is being made about this. Are we going to say that all of the attorneys that contributed to his campaign are never going to be able to do business with the Brunswick County DA’s office because there would be an “appearance of impropriety” in any plea arrangement that they came to? Really? I don’t think so. Not to mention that there has been no one who has come out and said exactly how many drivers the DA’s office had actually referred to StreetSafe or offered any proof that Jon David or the StreetSafe program were profiting from this in any way, so until they do, I think that this is just a whole lot about nothing.

2015 years 8 months ago

This person simply saying there’s no problem with this “situation” is seriously up in the clouds. It does matter who gave a contribution to Jon David’s campaign if he pushes their company, Non-Profit or not it doesn’t matter!!!!!! MR. David is in the wrong period…
Yes I’m sure it happens every day in politics, but guess what??? Judge Jolly called him out on it! Just as he should have & if we had more Judges to do the same, this county would be running the way it was intended to by the Constitution of Rights.

Walter H
2015 years 8 months ago

Circumventing a teenager sitting in court all day for traffic violations; a fee to instead be paid to one Exclusive company which has made campaign contribution(s) to the District Attorney does not make the public more safe. Here Mr. Teenager, lets send you to ride in a car on an obstacle course instead of making you sit in court all day! Of course they want to drive a car instead of sitting in court! If the officers don’t like the part of the job of appearing in court for 1 day a month, then maybe the judicial field is not their cup of tea. Dismissing cases and sending the fees instead to a private company that are supposed to be paid to the State for the operations of courthouses and the court personnell salaries to fund our justice system, is most definitely a scheme. If we have no funds to operate our justice system, then where would we be? Streetsafe may apply for separate grants and government funding and the courts can suggest the class be completed as part of the overall final disposition for consideration for any other cases that may be pending for 1 year and offer to reduce driver points by suggesting the class for anyone, not just teenagers.

2015 years 8 months ago

Judges don’t HAVE to ask permission for much of anything and they don’t HAVE to consult anyone before issuing an order, but don’t we, as the public that they serve, WANT the judges to talk to the DA and law enforcement and the clerk’s office and whoever else in the system that is going to be affected by their orders before they issue them? As a citizen of Brunswick County, I would like for all of the elected officials in the system to work together instead of working against each other (no matter what party they belong to). It could be that any problems could be worked out by just sitting down with anyone involved and getting all of the facts out on the table, or maybe not, but they won’t know unless they try, will they?

2015 years 8 months ago

Judge Jolly never talked to law enforcement? Since when does a judge have to get pemission from anyone before he enters an order? Did law enforcement talk with Judge Jolly before they signed the letter? Remember, off duty law enforcement officers were going to teach the class……..ah, yes, it is all coming back to me now…..scheme…….!

2015 years 8 months ago

And we want DAs to talk to Judges. Let’s ask Mr. David IF he talked to Judge Jolly B4 he changed the court schedule, or implemented the new driving school! Well, did u Mr. David?

John k
2015 years 8 months ago

Mr. Jolly,
You and I are not on the same poictal sides. But when it comes to Mr. David the new DA, I’m on your side!! I feel if a man runs for a office and if some one gives one red penny to his campaign when the man wins the office, he isn’t to give jobs to the people who helped him get in office , Its just not right !!! But; now I have seen where you have told him you’re sorry, Look, You don’t step back on what you believe in. This is the way this Country has turned, there is too many I’m sorry going around, if you say it stand by it. Mr. David is wrong in this case and you stepped back from what you believed, Mr. Jolly, I can’t believe you did that. This goes out to the man that was in the crowd of picketers holding the sign that said “Don’t Judge or you will be judged “Now how dumb could some one be??? They were standing in the Court house yard and Mr. Jolly as a judge and one that was working that day. Lord, help that dumb person & all in that crowd. This tells me just how dumb my Republican party has become. I would have voted for you Mr. Jolly but not now. You stepped down for what you believed!! (Which was the correct way) Mr. Jolly one more vote gone. I hate it turned out like this, I can’t vote for you now, Sincerely: John

Mark Cartret
2015 years 8 months ago

Judge Jolly was clearly wrong. He should now apologize and move on. I will go one step further. He should stop attacking our newly elected prosecutor in the public. As an officer of the court, such behavior is unacceptable.

2015 years 8 months ago

I think it says a lot that the Sheriff has now come out supporting the DA. The Sheriff says the deputies will have to spend more time in court….unbelievable. If they aren’t willing to come to court, dont write tickets. This traffic program has been going on a long time prior to the current DA. Shame on the Sheriff for insinuating that the Judge’s order will hurt the community. What is a shame is how, not only the DAs office, but also the sheriff’s office is being run these days. Take a look at all of the things being hidden by the Sheriff to protect his deputies.

2015 years 8 months ago

Its takes people of much greater corruption to be able to recognize and point out to others a current regime’s possible corruption activities. Thats the double-edged sword. Greater corrupt minds trump lower level corrupt minds. If that whistleblower wins the office solely for pointing out corruption and not on his experience and qualifications, he often may rely on continuing that pre-paved corruption path to stay in office.

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t know either Judge Jolly or DA David but after reading the order issued by Judge Jolly I found the wording to be more of a personal attack on the DA then anything that had any judicial or legal substance. I have a feeling there is no love lost between the Judge and the DA and the Judge should know better then to get personal when his decision effects hundreds of people.

2015 years 8 months ago

on and Ben David are at the top of the schemes with the
drug money & promoting the police violations of citizens
rights with how they proclaim they are on the side of their
police allies who are grubbing up their new police Escalades
with making up reasons to raid people who are professionals,
seize their money and assets and hold them out there on bonds
they can’t pay until they plea to their trumped up charges.
Those two will be found to be the worst thing that has happened
to this city in the last century, when their reign of terror and
asset forfeiture is done. That’s all Jon knows is asset forfeiture
crimes and million dollar bonds. Miami drug prosecutor Jon David.
If you have someone in your family who is doing any crime even if
you don’t know about it, Jon will find a way to pull you into it if
you have money. Guaranteed. Speaking of MONEY where did Jon get
the money to buy his million dollar rivah home ?????

2015 years 8 months ago

Judge Jolly is to crooked to be in his position he is a theff and probably is getting kick backs from making such a self serving decision…. ask anyone who has lost their vehicle due to being towed????? When your lawyer says they need to take him to lunch watch out !!!!