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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Friends, colleagues remember Boney as ‘true gentleman’

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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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

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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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

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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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

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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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

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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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Winston Salem NC – Congressman wants Perdue to consider appointing 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. (Winston Salem Journal)

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Edgecombe/Wilson Counties – Letters to Editor In Response To D.A. Appointment

Press Release

4/21/2009
Butterfield asks Perdue to consider black D.A.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield has joined the NAACP’s call for black candidates to be considered for the next district attorney in Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties. …

Letters to editor

4/21/2009
Race does matter in D.A’s appointment
I received a call last Friday that District Attorney Howard Boney Jr. was retiring. I began doing some research to see who is responsible for appointing the person to replace Boney. After reading the Democratic Plan of Organization and N.C. general statutes, I came to the conclusion that the governor makes the appointment. Due to the fact that Boney is retiring, the Democratic Party Prosecutorial Committee, which is made up of 2 persons each from Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties, is not requi … (Wilson Times)

4/21/2009
Perdue should ignore the NAACP
I sincerely hope that Gov. Perdue will ignore the NAACP and appoint the best qualified person — rather than “a qualified person of color” — to the position of the 7th district D.A. .. (Wilson Times)

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Rocky Mount NC – Considering the D.A. Appointment in the 7th Judicial District? Like these Numbers?

The following information below was recorded from Express Yourself Weekly Talk Show FM 92.1 Monday, April 20, 2009 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The special guest was Attorney Mark Bibbs from Wilson who is in the 7th Judicial District.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II also called in and briefed the listening audience about a meeting that took place today with Governor Perdue that was already in place before District Attorney Howard S. Boney, Jr. announced his retirement.

District Attorney Appointment/Election Numbers

Population Total – Not necessarily registered voters

Wilson       76,754

Nash          92,949

Edge          52,647

Black Population

Wilson      30,241         Wilson      39.4%

Nash         34,577         Nash          37.2%

Edge         29, 956         Edge           56.9%

Total        42%

Registered Voters

Edgecombe

Dem.      28,338           Rep.   5,645                  Black 21,980   75%

Nash

Dem.     36,319            Rep. 20,411                  Black 23,220   63%

Wilson

Dem.     30,893           Rep.  13,736                  Black 21,050   68%

Total  Registered

Dem. 95,582                Rep.  39,792               Unaffiliated 19,133    62.8%

Unaffiliated Voters can vote in a Democratic Primary so therefore the total Democratic Vote could be 62%

This registered voter data can be found at the Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties and the NC State Board of Elections Offices.

Make up of the D.A. Office

1 Black Assist. D.A.

1 Staff

Contact Governor Perdue’s Office to voice your opinion about the appointment

919.733.5811 Eddie Speas Governor Perdue’s Lead Council (Atty.)

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Washington DC – Butterfield Urges Perdue to Consider Appointing Black DA

U.S. House of Representative Seal

U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

1st District of North Carolina


For Release: Immediate
Date: April 20, 2009

Contact: Ken Willis
Phone: (202) 225-3101


Butterfield Urges Perdue to Consider Appointing Black DA

Wilson, N.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield has urged Gov. Bev Perdue to consider appointing an African American to replace outgoing District Attorney for Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties.

Howard S. Boney, the district attorney for the Seventh Judicial District, recently announced his retirement effective May 1, 2009. Boney has served as district attorney for 31 years.

Butterfield wrote to Perdue to urge her to interview and consider appointing an African American to finish Boney’s unexpired term.

The following is the text of the letter sent today by Butterfield:

Dear Governor Perdue:
It has come to my attention that Howard S. Boney, Jr., District Attorney for the Seventh Prosecutorial District, has announced his retirement.  I write to respectfully request that you interview and consider qualified African-American attorneys for appointment to this important position.

It is essential that we have racial diversity among our state’s District Attorneys.  While we have made tremendous progress in the selection of trial and appellate judges, the sad reality is that there is only one African-American District Attorney serving in the State of North Carolina.

It has also come to my attention that among the 17 Assistant District Attorneys serving the Seventh District, just one is African-American; and, of the 20 members of the support staff, just one is African-American.  This lack of diversity should be an embarrassment to the progressive reputation of our state.  It should also be noted that African-Americans comprise 42 percent of the district’s population and more than 60 percent of the voters of the political party of the vacating District Attorney.

I know you share my views on the importance of racial diversity at all levels of our judicial system.  It is important that all of our citizens have confidence in the judicial system, and that can be achieved by having qualified persons serving as judges and prosecutors who reflect the diversity of the state and district.

It is my request that you interview and consider qualified African-American attorneys for this appointment.

Thank you very much.

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Evans appointment is positive step toward diversity – Wilson Times Newspaper

Tarboro NC – NAACP and ridiculous demands? – Wilson Times Newspaper

Tarboro NC – Funny how the Daily Southerner has not commented on the D.A. Appointment – Daily Southerner

Tarboro NC – Former DA defends handling of James Johnson case – WRAL TV 5

Rocky Mount NC – Evans is a good pick for D.A. – Wilson Times Newspaper

Rocky Mount NC – An intriguing courthouse drama, the Appointment of the D.A. – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount NC – Evans sworn in as new D.A. – Rocky Mount Telegram

Nash County – New D.A. Ready To Get To Work – WITN TV 7

Raleigh NC – Perdue Appoints Evans to Fill Out Term As Top Prosecutor for Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties – Governor Beverly Perdue Facebook

Durham NC – Press Release: 7th Judicial District Appointment of a New District Attorney Statement from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II NC NAACP State Conference of Branches

Nash County – Press Release: LOCAL NAACP LEADERS SUPPORT GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT

Nash County – Breaking News: Perdue names new district attorney

Wilson NC – In response “Next D.A. should represent whole district”

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

Edgecombe County – A Picture of the D.A.’s Office

Tarboro NC – ‘Put the right man in there’ – Daily Southerner Newspaper Tarboro NC

Wilson NC – NAACP request sets racial progress back – Wilson Times Newspaper Wilson NC

Wilson NC – Butterfield wants Perdue to consider black DA – News & Observer Newspaper Raleigh NC

Winston Salem NC – Congressman wants Perdue to consider appointing black DA – Winston Salem Journal Newspaper Winston Salem NC

Edgecombe/Wilson Counties – Letters to Editor In Response To D.A. Appointment – Wilson Times Newspaper Wilson NC

Considering the D.A. Appointment in the 7th Judicial District? Like these Numbers? FM 92.1 Express Yourself Talk Show Rocky Mount NC

Washington DC – Butterfield Urges Perdue to Consider Appointing Black DA – Press Release

Pinetops NC – So Has It Ever Been About Qualifications When It Comes to the D.A. Office?

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

Wilson NC – The Wilson Editor got it right, “Next D.A. should represent whole district” – Wilson Times Newspaper Wilson NC

Wilson NC – Ignant Comments about the D.A. Appointment – Wilson Times Newspaper Wilson NC

Tarboro NC – History of Black DA’s in the USA

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

Tarboro NC – Diversity needed in the D.A.’s Office

Taboro NC – NAACP wants black DA – Daily Southerner Newspaper Tarboro NC

Rocky Mount NC – Choose most qualified candidate for DA – Rocky Mount Telegram Newspaper Rocky Mount NC

NAACP leaders call on Perdue to appoint black district attorney to replace Boney report – Rocky Mount Telegram Rocky Mount NC

NAACP Wants Black D.A. – News & Observer Newspaper Raleigh NC

NAACP: Appoint A Black District Attorney report at WITN TV 7 – Washington NC

Tarboro NC – NEWS ALERT: LOCAL NAACP BRANCHES ANNOUNCE PLANS TO PETITION GOV. PERDUE ON DISTRICT ATTORNEY APPOINTMENT – Press Release

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

Tarboro NC – Long-term district attorney retiring – WRAL TV 5 Raleigh NC

Tarboro NC – Breaking News “Local D.A. Howard Boney Jr. to Retire”

Pinetops NC – So Has It Ever Been About Qualifications When It Comes to the D.A. Office?

It is sad there has never been a black District Attorney (D.A.) east of HWY 95.

The one thing that I have found consistent is that many times a white elected official will resign their post so that an appointment can be made. White elected officials understand that it is somewhat hard to unseat an incumbent whether that person is elected or appointed.

Look at certain elected offices and see how these officials resigned within one to one and an half years before their term ended. It is my strong belief that they have someone in mind and they tries to give that person the opportunity to get into the seat so that when the election time arrives this person can say they were already doing the job.

I can remember when the D.A. resigned some years ago and D.A. Howard Boney Jr. was appointed. Been there every since. It appears that the legacy still stands. I have been told that one of the candidates Joe Ivey had been campaigning for the job over 2 weeks before the official announcement was by Boney. I was told that Boney told Ivey before he told anyone and Ivey took it and ran with it. I don’t see anything wrong with Boney telling him aobut his plans however the problem I have is that as I read comments in the local newspapers, racist white folks talking about qualifications and fairness.  Talking about fairness and the lack of integrity, how can Ivey who wants to be the next D.A. have the audacity to begin his campaign before Boney’s official announcement. So can I trust Ivey as the D.A. to hold things? Oh well.

I am familiar with other resignations in the Edgecombe County Sheriff and Register of Deed offices. The Clerk of Court election in the 90’s was racism at it’s best.

The Sheriff for many many years resigned and a white guy who worked close to him thought he should get the appointment and when he didn’t he literally got mad and retired. This is when we appointed a deputy as our 1st black Sheriff and he has been elected by a landslide since the 90’s.

The Clerk of Court Election in the 90’s a black female announced she was going to run and she was fired from working in the clerk’s office. She ran and beat him. The whites started an organization called Edgecombe First and they unseated her the next 4 years but we were able to get our first black clerk back in office and she has been there every since.

The Register of Deeds resigned and that was designed so that a white female could replace the white female that was retiring. The black candidates who wanted to be appointed lost however there were 2 black males who were candidates. If it had only been one black it is a possibility that we would have our first black register of deeds.

If Republican Charles Robinson had been a Democrat when he challenged Boney in the late 90’s it is a possibility that he would have defeated him. I remember this election quite well because I was the interim Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair and several folks within the party told me they were going to support Robinson.

So who has really been running the D.A. office for the past 12 years? Did Boney just go along with any and everything? What kind of changes did he make during his tenure?

So now racist white folks and safe Negroes want to talk about qualifications. It is so funny to me because this goes to show that these folks do not understand politics.

The last time I checked the only qualifications to be a D.A. is one must be a citizen, not a convicted felon and one must be an attorney.

One last thing, so has there ever been a qualified black man or woman since the world began?

Note 1: The folks at NC State University chose another womens coach over the one that Coach Yow had requested.

Note 2: I use the word Black and not African American because I am not there yet.

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Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance

Rocky Mount NC – Choose most qualified candidate for DA

It is funny as hell to me that this paper make it appear that the NAACP just want a black person and that if a black person is a candidate that they do not have to qualified. It is evident that the ignant posters here is being led to post ignance due to being lead by opinion just as this.  C. Dancy II – TPA

Gov. Bev Perdue should take many factors into consideration in appointing a new district attorney to replace Howard Boney.

But a potential nominee’s county of residence or the color of his or her skin should not be among them. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Tarboro NC – Diversity needed in the D.A.’s Office

I was shocked to learn the racial make-up of the staff of the D. A.’s office. I don’t believe in giving folks a job just because they are one race or another. However I do have a serious problem with a particular race being turned down for a job when they are qualified.

So has the 7th Prosecutorial District every had a black D. A.? I don’t think so. I don’t know of any black person who is considering the appointment however I am concerned that whoever the next D. A. is they will look at the make-up of their staff and make some changes.

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Long-term district attorney retiring