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

Jeff it never seems to amaze me how you can write up these stories when it includes certain folks in the community such as Knight and Blackwell. I have been active in the politics of Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties since the 90’s so I am glad I don’t have to rely on this paper. You see my friend you have an upper edge on the black community because you can always say what the white community is saying and feeling and that in itself make it look like the racist white folks are not alive and well. Hell Bobby Gorham bless his soul spent much of his wealthy finances running around Rocky Mount and even got into black churches trying to silence the black city councilpersons by saying he didn’t want their input on the "Coming Together in Rocky Mount." I have had much respect for you although I very rarely agree with you, but I am about to change the way I think of you. I guess the news in the area will always be slanted since we do not have a real black reporter nor a black newspaper. This is why I video all the meetings and record on my blog what really goes on because the papers print it in a fashion many times that educated political black folks should not have a say in who represents us. How ignant. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Note: This is my response to Jeff. I will see if he post it to his blog. He never did print my letter to the editor concerning the appointment however the Wilson Times did. Oh well.

Justice in the Twin Counties took a strange, lumbering step forward last week with the appointment of Robert Evans as new district attorney.

Evans has been a fine District Court judge for the past 10 years and will no doubt serve the Seventh Prosecutorial District equally well in his new position. His replacement has not been named, but insiders for some time have mentioned Rocky Mount City Councilman Lamont Wiggins as a strong candidate for a judgeship. Wiggins, too, would make an excellent juror. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

NORTH CAROLINA STATE CONFERENCE

114 W. Parrish Street, Second Floor Ÿ Durham, North Carolina 27701

866-626-2227   Ÿ    919-682-4700   Ÿ   FAX  919-682-4711

www.naacpnc.org www.ncprosecutorialmisconduct.com www.hkonj.com

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II President

Amina J. Turner Executive Director 

Immediate Release

April 29, 2009

7th Judicial District Appointment of a New District Attorney

Press Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

President, NC State Conference of the NAACP

In 1909, when the NAACP was first founded, one of the demands by both white and black members who made up the founding body was that in order for there to be equal justice, there had to be diversity within the judicial system.  The issue of qualification was never the question.  African-Americans, minorities, and even women were denied the opportunity to serve, not based on qualifications, but based on race and gender.  The appointment by Gov. Perdue today pushes us towards closing the chapter of this legacy in the ranks of the District Attorney’s Office in one portion of eastern North Carolina.  This is a positive step and beginning and not an end for North Carolina.

Moving forward, we must make sure that Judge Robert Evans’ decision to accept the appointment to the office of the DA does not nullify the need for continuing diversity that he represented as a District Court Judge.  He was the only African-American District Court Judge in the District.  As we applaud the Governor in this appointment, we also appeal to the Governor to re-appoint an African-American in this vacated position.  Then this moves us closer to becoming One North Carolina.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.  For more information, call the State Office at 866-NC-NAACP or e-mail us at execdirnaacpnc@gmail.com.

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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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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

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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”

Tarboro NC – NAACP leaders call on Perdue to appoint black district attorney to replace Boney

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

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

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