Judge dismisses 2 ‘Moral Monday’ cases after daylong trial – News & Observer

Note: Oops Saladin is a black man and the 2 that were found not guilty were white. Oh well.

After presiding over the first three trials of “Moral Monday” protesters, the judge who heard the cases left a mixed message.

Judge Joy Hamilton, a former Wake County district judge who was appointed by the state to preside over some 920 cases, found the first protester guilty on Oct. 4 of all three charges – second-degree trespass, failure to disperse and violating N.C. Legislative Building rules. Saladin Muhammad of Rocky Mount has appealed his case to Wake County Superior Court.

On Friday, with different defense attorneys making arguments, Hamilton dismissed the same charges against Douglass Ryder, 66, and Vicki Ryder, 71, the Durham-based husband and wife among the dozens arrested on May 6.

Hamilton did not offer her grounds for dismissing the charges at the Friday hearing, leaving a legal quandary for the assistant district attorney assigned to prosecute the hundreds of cases yet to be heard and the defense attorneys whose clients have not had their day in court. (More)

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Wilson NC – Three vie for vacant judgeship Perdue has until August to name appointment

Gov. Bev Perdue is reviewing three potential candidates to replace former District Court Judge Robert Evans and hopes to make a decision in the coming weeks, a spokeswoman for the governor said this week.

Perdue, who in April appointed Evans to replace retiring District Attorney Howard Boney, must choose between . . . (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Wilson NC – Replace Evans with an African-American judge

The 7th Judicial Bar met last week and 3 names were chosen to be presented to Governor Perdue. The bar chose Anthony Brown black male, (got the most votes), Sharon Sprinkle white female, and Millicent Graves black female. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

We would like to thank Gov. Perdue for appointing Robert Evans as the 7th Judicial District’s district attorney. His appointment signified the beginning of a new era of diversity and hope for our state and for justice in eastern North Carolina. We believe that he will serve our district with dignity, fairness and skill. (The Wilson Times)

My comments submitted to The Wilson Times.

These are some ignant comments. To compare the NAACP to the KKK is just funny as hell.

If all of the offices were diverse there would be no demands or anything to talk about. But since there is only one black D.A. and at the moment no black judge since Robert Evans is now the D.A. Oh well some folks want to divert from the real truth.

 

Wilson NC – Bar names 3 nominees to replace judge Governor must make decision by June 1

Attorney Lamont Wiggins didn’t make the cut, I wonder why? C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

The Seventh Judicial District of the N.C. Bar Association submitted three names Tuesday for Gov. Bev Perdue to consider as potential replacements for former N.C. District Court Judge Robert Evans. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Wilson NC – DA appointment sparks lobbying anew

Gov. Bev Perdue’s appointment of Robert A. Evans as the first ever black district attorney in Eastern North Carolina was celebrated by area NAACP leaders but leaves open the potential for controversy.

Perdue has until the end of May to fill the judgeship vacated by Evans, who until last week was the area’s only black district court judge. (Rocky Mount Telegram)