Former D.A. Howard Boney dies – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Former longtime District Attorney Howard Boney has died, the District Attorney’s office confirmed Wednesday morning.

Tarboro Police Lt. Keith Hale said officers were called to his home on the 3000 block of North Main Street around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday by Boney’s caretakers. He said Boney’s body was located in the kitchen of his home and his death is not deemed suspicious. (Read more)

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Tarboro NC – Former DA defends handling of James Johnson case

Wilson County’s outgoing district attorney says he believes his office handled the controversial prosecution of James Johnson appropriately, despite allegations of wrongdoing against the assistant district attorney who handled the case. (WRAL TV 5)

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Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County to honor Howard S. Boney Jr. District Attorney

A retirement celebration honoring Edgecombe County District Attorney Howard S. Boney Jr. will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 3-5 p.m. in the District Courtroom of the Edgecombe County Courthouse.

Rocky Mount NC – Potential candidate says DA’s office needs diversity

Atleast Werner get it. Yep talking about diversifying the staff. Now do you think that he would be discussing this if it had not been for the NAACP. Not! The NAACP and the community can hold the next D.A. accountable as it relates to the lack of diversity and other issues. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

A top contender to replace District Attorney Howard Boney says whoever is appointed to replace the longtime official ought to address the “lack of diversity” in the office.

Assistant District Attorney Keith Werner, who has worked under Boney in the Seventh Prosecutorial District since 1989, said Friday he would examine hiring practices at the office and work to diversify the staff if he were selected to finish Boney’s term. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Tarboro NC – ‘Put the right man in there’

Yes, the next District Attorney should represent the whole district, but only if he is qualified, not just because the NAACP wants a “black” in the office. (Daily Southerner)

Funny how my letter to editor has not been printed.

—– Original Message —–

To: Terry Smith Editor Daily Southerner
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2009 2:16 AM
Subject: Letter to editor

Racial Makeup of the District Attorney’s Office

Letter to Editor: “Racial Makeup of the District Attorney’s Office”

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Wilson NC – NAACP request sets racial progress back

I would like to respond to Friday’s article, “NAACP wants black D.A.” When I hear names like Andre Knight and William Barber spearheading agendas that reflect the epitome of prejudice, it makes me wonder why they are allowed to do so. There are laws that prevent individuals and organizations from promoting prejudice of any shape, form or fashion. (Wilson Times)

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Wilson NC – Butterfield wants Perdue to consider black DA

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield prefers that North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue appoint a black district attorney in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties.

Butterfield wrote Monday asking Perdue to interview and consider qualified black lawyers to succeed retiring DA Howard Boney to increase diversity in the court system. (News & Observer)

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