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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It sounds like something out of a crime novel. A Brunswick County judge is accusing the District Attorney of running a scheme.

According to Chief District Court Judge Jerry Jolly, Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David is initiating a scheme that would help profit one of his 2010 campaign contributors.

In an administrative order, Jolly says David is setting up driving classes for those charged with speeding violations that would help reduce offenses.

Jolly’s order states that the four or eight hour classes would be exclusively conducted by Streetsafe, a private for profit company. The classes would cost $120, $100 of which would be paid to Streetsafe.

According to the order, Darrell Douglas is the director of the Streetsafe corporation and also gave about $500 to David’s election campaign last year.

The order calls the findings dishonest, Jolly concluding that David is running a scheme.

Jolly ordered that the Brunswick County DA not refer any defendants to classes performed by Streetsafe.

We tried contacting David, but he has not yet return our calls.


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  • Secretary

    *****Jurors Alert ***** If you are a citizen who receives a jury summons in the middle of all of this impropriety reports of funneling money to friends; Be very cautious and remember you don’t have to succumb to being brainwashed by all of those videos they show you in the jury room telling you to only do what the ” DA” or anyone else “tells you to do”. You are The Judge when you serve as the Juror. The schemes stop with YOU! You The JUROR can decide and deliberate on whatever you think is right and let the DA appeal it if they don’t like the outcome. Just like the citizens have
    to appeal if they are mistreated by the manipulators of the system!

  • tracy205

    Jon did not do anything wrong IT IS ALL OF THE YAHOO’S THAT HE WORKS IN THE DA’S OFFICE.

  • Guest205

    He should have got rid of all of them and started fresh in Brunswick County and Columbus Counties.

  • 1Guest

    Wow – we certainly wouldn’t want to try to save the lives of our most at-risk drivers – the number one killer of 16-25 year olds that kills more young people that the next four leading causes combined – because the community college might lose a small percentage of their income to a program that has been highly successful in four other counties….Anyone who’s been to one of those classes where you sit and get lectured at for 4 hours knows how effective those programs are……

  • Guest2020

    I don’t have a list of the people the judge knows, but the driving classes are conducted through the community colleges.

  • Proof

    Elaine..A district court judge does not have the authority to Voluntarily Dismiss a case in the State of North Carolina..Only the District Attorney can do so..So if there is a problem with Voluntary Dismissals in Brunswick county it is not with the Judges. Also Judge Nancy Phillips is assigned to ALL Drunk Driving cases in District 13 on a special grant throught the District Attorney’s office and thus Judge Jolly would not be hearing Drunk Driving offenses. As to Defendants bieng found Guilty and or Not Guilty..The state of North Carolina keeps statistics about convictions and Columbus County has for years had a roughly 98% conviction rate…roughly the same as the other counties. Most cases in District court are plead and their are very few trials placed before the Judges…When there is a trial it is up to the District Attorney’s office to prove their cases and it is my opinion that often times, for whatever reasons they can’t do it..Officers charging incorrectly without proof is systemic in this district and most times they have to be made to come to court. Many cases get dismissed for failure of officers to appear and for failure of the ADA’s to get their witnesses to court. Yet it is the Judges that always get the blame…Although Judges do make bad decisions from time to time including finding innocent people guilty and guilty people not guilty in a district where there is a 98% conviction rate I can hardly say that the Judges are just throwing everything out..in fact i would say that is hardly the truth.


    The whole point of the program is to make it less costly on the people..It reduces the charge so that there are no insurance points on the young driver and so they don’t lose their license. That is LESS COSTLY..if you really want them to pay a price then disband the programs altogether and let them lose their license and make them or their parents pay higher insurance premiums. If their parents had an increase in insurance I bet they wouldn’t buy all these kids new cars and trucks to run around the roads like maniacs.


    PLEASE ANYONE SHOW SOME PROOF THAT THESE PROGRAMS HAVE SLOWED DOWN YOUNG DRIVERS OR STOPPED SPEEDING IN ANY OF THE COUNTIES WHERE IT EXISTS…Driving schools in general are a waste of time and only help these people from losing their licenses and getting insurance points..I wish they did work then perhaps we could disband the highway patrol and not layoff a bunch of teachers.


    Come on people..The District Attorney’s office cannot try every case on the calendar just to make officer’s happy. There is a set of guidelines and rules set by the Legislature that decides who goes to prison and who doesn’t and if the District Attorney’s office tried everything then nothing would ever get done..Also..Just because an officer charges someone does not mean that the person is guilty..officers have been known to make a mistake..look at the SBI lab for goodness sakes.

  • Concerned Columbus

    It was my understanding that Mr. David was making the people go to this new program instead of the ones sponsored by the Community Colleges which seems like taking money away from much needed schools.

  • Lowontotempole

    The D.A.’S are all the time cutting pleas in Superior Court, the Judges just go along with the offers. An officer doesn’t have a chance in hell getting a case to trial in Bladen County.

  • Guest1322

    This is what is he gets…he is trying to play both sides against the middle. This has the look impropriety. If you take all of what Jon David has been doing since has been in office there is really not showing of “change.” He seems to be too focused on a petty criminal “Frog” who is someone who 99% of Columbus County doesn’t care about. He hired a bunch of “out-of town” DA’s in Columbus County and the ones he kept, he should have got rid of. He only tried to keep DA’s that he didn’t think would run against him in 4 years. So I hope he gets what he deserves.

  • Guest890

    I didn’t know the job of the DA was to make it less costly for someone when they break the law.This post ranks close to the top as being the most ignorant one I’ve read on here.

  • B.S.

    Sure, the company isn’t allowed to make a profit – and the way they don’t is to pay their directors and managers six-figure salaries to ensure that there are no profits from the business.

  • Guest2020

    Driving school and fines are part of the penalty for committing moving violations. And paying for driving school is a lot cheaper than paying the increased insurance rates. Driving school was a part of the system before David took office.

  • There is far more misconduct on the part of the judges than with the current DA. Ask any BCSD member. Most are sick and tired of arresting people only to watch them being freed in the courtroom. Read my other comments. You have a problem understanding them?

  • beachyme

    If you want to see a power hungry politician look around you in Columbus County.

  • Justice for All

    So does this mean that any defense attorney who has contributed to Judge Jolly’s election campaigns cannot practice in front of him because it would be a conflict of interest? That would eliminate the entire Columbus County defense bar, who are the ones that are really behind this smear campaign against Jon David. This $500 contribution isn’t a conflict of interest and there is nothing that needs to be ‘brought to light’ about it. There are 3 driving school programs, including 2 that are sponsored by Brunswick Communtiy College in addition to Streetsafe, so it’s not like he’s giving a monopoly to a good buddy or something. It’s just the only program available in this area that provides hands on instruction specific to younger drivers. If there were other programs like it then the DA would probably use them too, as it sounds like he is using every available option that there is out there for helping the driving public, not just the options that campaign contributors run. Not to mention that Streetsafe is a proven program in many other counties and the purpose of a program like Streetsafe is to keep young drivers safe and to keep citizens safe from young drivers, and safe drivers are something that Brunswick County could use a lot more of. And traffic court is saving everyone time and energy, including the judges, as mentioned in previous articles in the news just last week, so to cancel the entire traffic court program is simply rediculous. Sounds to me like some people saw the new DA getting too much good press and thought they needed to put an end to it so they are trying to stir up mud where there is none. People need to accept the fact that Jon David won the election and put their petty political differences aside and try to work with him as he tries to make things better in this district instead of fighting him every step of the way. We need our judges and defense attorneys to work with the DA’s office instead of fighting against it all the time, and maybe we might all be proud to live in this area again.

  • AME

    Hmmm…the good old judge must have his own buddy with a driving school he wants to handle it.

    The traffic court would be a benefit and would save tax payers’ dollars.

    And this judge has been on the bench for 26 years? I believe he is long overdue for a recycling.

    What a crock. A $500 donation? The man doth protest too much, methinks.

  • Dad112

    WOW!! For years we heard people complaining about elected officials covering for each other. Now when one of our judges points out possible misconduct in the D.A.’s office all we get is a bunch of bitchin’ and moaning!! Make up your minds people.

  • quinby

    Looks like ‘Judge’ Jolly misrepresented the truth here for his own motivations. StreetSafe is a NON-PROFIT organization and never was set-up to be the “exclusive” driving program in Brunswick County. It would handle only drivers under 25 years old – all others would go to the 4 or 8 hour class run by the community college, not StreetSafe. This program has been very successful in several counties and is helping to save the lives of our most at-risk drivers. It has the support of many judges and DA’s in Guilford, Johnston, New Hanover and Pender Counties. Could it be possible that Mr. David invited them because he wants to save the lives of young drivers in his district???

  • Guest20792

    The Whole porblem with Brunswick County DA’S Office Is The Fact That Jon Daved Should Have Cleaned House When He Was Elected. Some Of The Asst. DA’S Wasent Fit To Work In New Hanover County So She Came To Brunswick. Hope It Works Out For Jon He is a good and honest man. Jon please finish getting rid of the trash in the DA’S Office and he wont be having these problems thanks.

  • holden beach

    Looks like Jon David has pissed off Good Ole Judge Jolly. By the words in the administrative order, it is clear Judge Jolly is “out to get” to Mr. David. Mr. David will continue to experience problems doing his job as long as the “good ole boys” still operate in the GOOD OLE District 13. My advice to Mr. David is to remain persistent and clean house in district 13.

  • You are either a relation, one of the good ole boys or you maybe one who has benefitted from Jolly’s ‘penchant’ for voluntarily dismissing defendants in his courtroom. The honesty and fairness you claim he has comes out in the newspaper each week in letting off people who habitually face charges of driving without insurance, driving without a license, drunk driving, drug possession – sometimes including all at one time. All of the judges in this district are guilty of this. All you have to do is READ.

    Maybe the judge should stay with Soles and anyone else who wants to be DA and shut his mouth before he cleans up his own act. Don’t forget, many people who are loyal to Gore still work in the DA’s office. If Jon David had been like his predecessor, he would have gone in and cleaned house. I knew he would get backstabbed, but they had to look hard to find something, didn’t they? I’ll take David’s version of honesty and fairness over anybody else’s who has worked there anyday.

  • Guest10-72

    It amuses me the people that show they have no real knowledge of politics.They love to complain but dont even know about the general subject.They are just showing their low I.Q.s. District court judges are elected not appointed. Maybe some people should study up on a subject before commenting on it.

  • ko

    Jon David was attempting to do something GOOD for the community by helping to save the lives of young drivers – the #1 killer of people 16-25 yrs old. This program is a proven success in New Hanover, Pender, Guilford and Johnston Counties – why wouldn’t a DA who cares about his community want it?
    And to WECT – you need to get your story RIGHT. This is terrible reporting. StreetSafe is a NON-PROFIT organization whose sole purpose is to help save the lives of young drivers. It does not run the 4 and 8 hour classes at the community college. It is a hands-on driving program for young drivers and their parents. Why don’t you work on the real story here which seems to be the motivation of Judge Jolly. It is absolutely absurd that he would attempt to portray this as some sort of scheme – how ridiculous!

  • Guest65343457

    Its amazing how Jon David holds himself out to help the public. What he doesn’t tell you is that these new programs actually cost the public more. Between this driving school and a $25 fine, the average person pays much more than they did before. It was just a matter of time until David got caught. Try acting more like an honest DA and less like a politican all the time! Hopefully people will wake up and realize that Jon is nothing more than a power hungry politician.

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