Wilson NC – Boney to step down as D.A.

After 31 years of overseeing the prosecution of cases in Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties, Howard S. Boney Jr., the district attorney for the Seventh Judicial District is retiring.

According to a press release issued Monday afternoon, Boney will vacate his seat May 1. (Wilson Times)

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Is the Governor’s Process Fair for Replacing D. A. Howard S. Boney Jr.?

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Wilson NC – Judge rules Beacon violated court order

The Wellman Center, a local mental health service provider, won another victory in court Tuesday and will continue to do business until a trial date can be set to hear if The Beacon Center has racially discriminated against them.

Resident Wilson Superior Court Judge Milton “Toby” Fitch ruled Tuesday afternoon that The Beacon Center was in contempt of his court order that allowed The Wellman Center to stay in business and receive payment from the state for its services to its clients. (Wilson Times)

Tarboro NC – Is the Governor’s Process Fair for Replacing D. A. Howard S. Boney Jr.?

I really do not believe the Governor had the time to think about the process to use to replace District Attorney Howard S. Boney Jr. since she made her statement on the same day he announced his retirement. However I hope she would reconsider the process.

So is it really fair for the Governor to pick 2 attorneys from Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe Counties to come up with a name to report back to her. I have a problem with this because I could see where there could possibly be  perceived favortism within the system when it comes to the attorneys involved and the D. A. as it relates to court cases.

So why not allow law enforcement to be involved because they would be more neutral in a court case than an attorney. When a case goes to court it will be law enforcement, attorney and the D. A. involved. I do not see how it could be perceived favortism between law enforcement and the D. A.

I recognize and understand that the Prosecutorial Committees in the  Democratic Parties in Edgecome, Nash and Wilson Counites do not have a say in the appointment due to the nature of the resignation. However, I believe the fair thing to do would be to allow the Prosecutorial Committees which would be 2 people from each county to come up with a name and present them to the Governor.

I would also suggest that Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties Superior Court Judge Toby Fitch, Jr. be the person to confide with about the appointment. He know the attorneys very well in all 3 counties and I feel he would make a wise decision.

Another food for thought I don’t think it is but 1 black D. A. out of 44 in the state. It really should be someone outside of the D. A. office who will be considerate for the good of all folks especially how the justice system relates to black folks.

I would love to know what others think about the process that will be used for the appointment? Please post your comments here. You do not have to sign your name and can use a code name or just say anonymous. You also do not have to leave an email address.

See related:

Long-term district attorney retiring

Diversity needed in the D.A.’s Office

Raleigh NC – Press Release “Judge Rozier, Wake County District Court, Selected to Partic ipate in International Exchange to Jordan Political Study Program to Focus on Citizen Diplomacy”

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

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For ACYPL:  Quentin Lide, COO, 202-857-0999 x18 qlide@acypl.org

Judge Rozier, Wake County District Court, Selected to Partic ipate in International Exchange to Jordan Political Study Program to Focus on Citizen Diplomacy

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – Judge Vince Rozier, Jr. of Wake County District Court has been selected by The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) as a delegate to Jordan for a 10-day political exchange program beginning April 16, 2009.  He will join six other young political leaders from across to the United States to study Jordan’s legal and political system, engage in dialogue on international issues, and forge professional relationships and friendships.

“ACYPL has the unique mission of proving select young lea ders with an opportunity to travel internationally and engage firsthand in public diplomacy,” said ACYPL Chief Executive Officer Linda Rotuno. “Our delegates have access to key leaders in the nations they visit.  They engage in the US and, most importantly, forge professional relationships that can last a lifetime.”

Judge Rozier will join other delegates, each between the age of 25 and 40, in Washington, DC for briefings by the Unites States Department of State and other Jordanian regional experts before flying to Amman.  The program will provide the delegates opportunities to travel within the country to interact with key national and local leaders, business representatives, and civic community groups.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in this ACYPL exchange to Jordan,” said Judge Rozier.  “This will be an excellent opportunity for me to learn about the current legal, political and social dynamics there an help the Jordanian people better understand the United States.  I am particularly interested in our meeting discussing the judicial reform initiatives currently taking place in Jordan.”

Recognized by the U.S. Congress as a pre-eminent catalyst for introducing rising political leaders and policy makers to international affairs and to each other, ACYPL is a bi-partisan, not-for-profit international exchange organization based in Washington, DC.  Since its founding in 1966, ACYPL has, with generous support from the U.S. Department of State, corporations, foundations and individuals, conducted programs and exchanges with 100 countries, producing a global network of over 7,500 alumni.  Former ACYPL participants include over 40 sitting member of U.S. Congress, 6 sitting U.S. governors and ambassadors, cabinet ministers and parliamentarians around the globe.

Judge Rozier has served as a Wake County District Court Judge for over 3 years since being appointed and then elected to serve in 2006.

For more information on ACYPL, please visit http://www.acypl.org/.