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Duplin magistrate won't be charged for alleged false reports

Posted April 2, 2009

— Duplin County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Thursday that he doesn't plan to charge a magistrate for allegedly making false police reports about being assaulted at her home.

Beulaville police officers made a welfare check at the Stanford Street home of Catherine Rhodes around 11 p.m. March 30. Inside, they found Rhodes, who had been stabbed several times and told them two men had attacked her.

Hudson said that evidence made officers doubt Rhodes' story and that when confronted, she admitted to making it up.

After Rhodes returned to her home Wednesday against doctors' orders, a neighbor called 911, saying that they saw her punching out windows, Hudson said. When officers arrived, he said, she told them she had been attacked, but when shown evidence to the contrary, admitted that she hadn't been assaulted.

Hudson said that the evidence against Rhodes does not rise to the level of a criminal offense. Instead, she is getting medical treatment at a facility, which Hudson wouldn't identify.


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  • alx Apr 3, 2009

    Guess there really are 2 sets of rules, one for law enforcement & their friends & one for the rest of us.

  • billyandipo Apr 2, 2009

    making a false police report is a crime!!!

  • alx Apr 2, 2009

    so she will get away with a crime?

  • venitapeyton Apr 2, 2009

    Whether organic or physical I doubt that she suddenly lost her mind. I also wonder what credentials she supplied to get named as a magistrate in the first place. Finally, I hope that the Clerk of Court or District Attorney examines her cases during the past few years to insure that those litigants received justice.

  • daisymom Apr 2, 2009

    She was taken to hospital the night she was supposedly attacked. I guess that was where she returned from, but not sure. I would think she would be in mental health facility now.

  • iron fist Apr 2, 2009

    Returned to her home from where? Sounds as if she mental help not medical.