Judge: Brunswick County will not enact blanket $1 million bail policy

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Brunswick Co. Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez)
Brunswick Co. Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez)

CAPE FEAR REGION (Star News Online) — Brunswick County has no intention of setting a “blanket policy” on bail amounts for heroin traffickers, Senior Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis said Thursday from Minnesota where she’s undergoing treatments for liver cancer.

Lewis’ comments came two days after Ben and Jon David, district attorneys for the Cape Fear region, held a press conference aboard the Battleship North Carolina to announce their intention to seek a bail of $1 million on people arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin and fentanyl.

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“A judicial officer in the state of North Carolina is not given unbridled discretion in making bail determination. Bond policies in any given district are set forth by the senior resident and the chief district court judge,” Lewis said by phone from the Mayo Clinic. “I just have some concern, because this district will not be establishing any blanket policy on setting million-dollar bonds without due process of law.”

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