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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) – District Attorney Jon David filed a petition with the state court of appeals Thursday challenging Judge Jerry Jolly’s decision to shut down traffic court in Brunswick County.

David is asking the court for a temporary stay against Jolly’s order and has also asked the court to reverse it.

The argument stems from a program call StreetSafe, which helps teens and younger drivers realize how dangerous driving can be if they’re not paying attention. The director of the program gave David $250 last year as a campaign contribution. Jolly contends that donation has resulted in the program being offered at traffic court as a kick-back. David adamantly denies that accusation.

Jolly had a number of mistakes in the original order, including calling StreetSmart a for-profit organization – it is not – and saying the campaign contribution was much larger than it actually was.

David asked Jolly to correct the mistakes as well as apologize for the personal attacks he perceived in the order. Jolly never responded to David’s request.


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  • Too many tickets

    Your analysis is flawed in that having traffic court hurts attorney’s..In fact traffic court is good for attorney’s..It creates a court where they can go in one day in three counties and plea numerous tickets quickly and efficiently. People who would go to driving school rather than hire attorney’s will still not hire attorney’s just because they cannot go to Streetsafe..Attorney’s provide a service for people that don’t want to miss work just to go to court. Some attorney’s even refer their clients to driving schools to get better deals..What people don’t realize is that an attorney can get you the same deal as traffic school at a lesser cost (UNDERSTAND THIS, A LESSER COST WITH A BETTER DEAL) and you don’t have to even appear in court. I have had numerous tickets and have never stepped foot in a courthouse because I always hire an attorney who has done a good job for me. Their may be a reason judge Jolly is doing this we don’t know but it is not because Attorney’s will LOSE business…They won’t..LOL

  • gene

    I am sure from you perspective you really miss Gore. Instead of seeking justice in the murders Gore would have just reduced the charges to driving left of center and all would be done and out of court in less than a day.

  • Southern Born

    Definition: person or persons of fictional origin, usually associated with blame for a possible undesirable outcome or unexplained non factual accusation.

    Facts: Jon David took campaign contributions from Driving School businessman. Jon David then decided to use the same business man to direct traffic offenders for a lesser sentence but possible fine or penalties.

    Jolly, ordered the collaboration of the 2 parties to cease. Jolly said it appears that David is directing business to wards a contributer of his campaign “impropriety.

    Jolly, however did not say he could not use another driving school just that one..

    So does that make Judge Jolly a Good OL Boy, and DA Jon David & safe driver school proprietor GOOD OL BOYS,

    I have been a good ol boy all my life, I have personally over thrown governments, taken out certain UN-named terrorist, framed nice guy Mel Gibson, and undermined the relationship between the Lone Ranger and his native American friend & caused the demise of Custer at little big Horn. also invented the tooth fairy…

    However, I have never allowed myself to be mistaken for an English teacher, thats because the Good Ol Boys conspired to keep me from reaching my potential or was that the TOOTH Fairy.

  • passinthru

    I know the Godfather, Frog And BJ are glad to get a breather for a few days out of the spotlight! WHEW!

  • JohnnyA

    Most of Jollys supporters can’t turn on a computer, let alone write a comment.

  • 1234 the fact that you call for having Butch Pope and Ola Lewis back with you in Columbus County tells me all I need to know about both of them. BTW, David was not the one who asked for the 13th District to be split – RC Soles did (sorry for having to mention his old-news name). He was the one who took the issue to the legislature. If you are so bent on disliking Jon David, first of all, be up front enough to use your correct name. Backstabbers always seem to have that problem. I wish I could put you on a little deserted island somewhere with your cronies. And don’t ever post again that “most of us are so astounded.” Apparently “most” voted FOR him. You are just mad because it is not business as usual. That’s why you won’t post your name. We would recognize it. Let’s keep this county cut off from the rest of the world. Geez.

  • GOP

    “Give us Butch Pope as our District Attorney”, what an idiot. First of all DAs are elected, not “given”. Second, Butch Pope is the one representing Stevie Cox, the Chadbourn town manager that has been indicted for impersonating an officer, resisting a public officer, speeding and expired license. I believe Butch said “the incident was a misunderstanding” but the state trooper specifically stated Stevie Cox said “I’m the Chief. I’m going to believe the trooper any day over a politician. I believe Stevie still has his job; only in Columbus County. Butch is part of the good ole boy machine in Columbus County and Jon David is not. The judges, lawyers, bankers (who are most all democrats) and democratic politician are going to try to destroy David because he is a republican and they know with time he will shake up their little world. I hope by the time David is done with the corruption in this backwards county the good ole boys are running, but then again I also believe they will do what it takes to stop David, which they have demonstrated in the past they are more than willing to do.

  • Miltie

    You want to trash a great lawyer like Dennis Worley for being sucessful in his field? Dennis Worley doesn’t even do traffic court any longer so how is he going to benefit from that? I bet you would be calling him yourself if you needed a lawyer. And please, can we get some new material here? R.C. Soles is yesterday’s news. How much longer is every single thing that happens going to be about R.C. Soles?

  • CapitanObvious

    Here is the problem…
    1. Everyone is being manipulated by powerful political machines. You, yes you, if you have read to the bottom of these comments, have by this point been manipulated.
    2. Jolly is the chief district court judge. He is assigned the duty of scheduling courts. HE STARTED TRAFFIC COURT. David’s interpretation of traffic court was horrible. I witnessed it 1st hand. After it was abolished, things ran much smoother.
    3. David is wasting time, money, and energy to make a political statement, when he should be focusing on serving the people who elected him.
    4. The news media is eating it all up.

  • CC Resident

    You can’t blame the DA for that. You have to abide by the laws of the land. I wish the laws would be changed to give anyone found guilty of murder “the death penalty”. It is not fair for one person to get the death penalty and others get life in prison for the same crime. That part should not be left in the hands of the jury.

  • watching

    All the negativism against Jon David has to be coming from the attorneys who will lose a lot when Traffic Court is reinstated. Judge Jerry Jolly is wrong and he is just a figure head for the one behind this whole mess. Taht someone is RC Soles, Jr. Soles needs to rebuild his clientele because most of his clients are his friends who will be spending time in prison. Soles wants to still orchestrate behind the scenes. People should realize that Jerry Jolly is cousin to Dennis Worley and magistrate James Worley. Now you cuz wants to keep his kin in business since he strives off of the big dollars. The love of money and power is the whole issue here. I commend Jon David in his efforts to want to try and resolve this matter without further stirring the pot. Jolly is used to having a catch net under him. I hope this time though the safety net will be torn to pieces and hopefully Jolly won’t be re-elected. People please remember all this when election time comes and Jolly is up for re-election. He is part of the Columbus County Corrup Machine and needs to be sent home like Rex Gore was. I despise RC Soles and his bunch of tail kissers.

  • Most of us are so astounded that this person comes from another county, and before that another state, then comes into the courts of Brunswick Count to belittle and question the actions of a well respected Judge. You are absolutely right Judge Jolly has been elected for 28 years, bet we won’t say that about Jon David. Go “home” Mr. David.

  • What is wrong with Jon David, does he think he is the Judge. I believe he is confused about his position. Having been in court systems in other counties, NEVER have I heard of a DA trying to take over the court and overrule a sitting Judge. Judge Jolly has an unblemished record and this young man should give some thought to the fact that perhaps a trip back across the river is a good place for him. You can’t jump into Brunswick from New Hanover and just tell the judges what to do. Not to mention that he is very arrogant. Stop whining Jon and do your job.

  • columbus countian

    The murder trial in Columbus County was likely sabotaged by a juror–the District Attorney isn’t responsible for the outcome. Regarding the “dust-up” between the Chief District Court Judge and the DA–this is most certainly not about the judge’s stated concern. This is “push-back” by the entrenched political machine in the 13th Judicial District. The new DA has the potential to inflict some serious damage to the aforementioned machine. No amount of attempted political spin will disguise the real objective of the DA’s foes. Said foes have much to be concerned about.

  • Hiram

    If we are so corrupt and terrible in Columbus County, why does John David want to be here so bad? He begged to split the District when he was running for District Attorney and wanted Bruswick to be a seperate District. Why now is he opposing that so much if we are all so bad? Let him and Marion Warren have Brunswick. Give us Butch Pope as our District Attorney and send Ola Lewis back to us. Then just let us live in our own little corrupt world with the good old boys. Yes – according to David, Ola is a good old boy. Man – when did the good old boys turn into a black female? Seems everybody who doesn’t go along with his plan becomes a good old boy. Let them run Brunswick in the tradition of Mike Easley and Rex Gore which is obviously the path they are choosing.

  • Sailfish

    The murder case in Columbus county turned out horrible. A total waste of time, court resourses and tax money. The man was already serving a life sentence! Why even do that? What good are 4 more life sentences? Where was jon David during that trial? He was investigating a traffic school and appearing on TV and the newspapers. Now, I guess the State is going to have to pay for an appeal and all of this investigation so that Jon’s feelings won’t be hurt.

  • Janice

    Just wondering? Are there no comments for Judge Jolly? Strange. The man has been elected by the citizens for 28 years, but now nobody likes him enough to come forward for him? Strange? No, I’d say suspicious.

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