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Durham DA tosses unserved warrants

Posted April 17, 2009

— More than 19,000 warrants in Durham County will go unserved after the District Attorney's Office threw them out.

Authorities said some were too old and others weren't worth pursuing because the crimes were minor.

Durham had a backlog of more than 60,000 unserved warrants dating to 1977, and city and county officials have created a central office and computer system to help serving warrants.

Authorities plan to cull the backlog again this summer.


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  • jlh4jdj Apr 17, 2009

    I just hate it that those who are doing what they are suppose to and may mess up once, get run over by the legal system. I wish the legal system and government would realize this.

  • Duke 79 Apr 17, 2009

    19,000 warrants??!! You have got to be kidding. Wake up people and start making some noise... the DA is an ELECTED official.

  • WHEEL Apr 17, 2009

    Different towns do it differently. My lovely home town had a lot of drive-off's at gas stations. So what did they do? double patrols!, no they made the drive-offs a misdemeanor so A) they didn't have to chase them and B) the felony rate went down and the PD got a pat on the back. Go figure.

  • Lg Unit Apr 17, 2009

    I wish I could get rid of all my old "PROBLEM WORK" that way!!
    I'd have a clean desk right now......

  • Caveman93 Apr 17, 2009

    Durham, Keeping it real! LOL!!!

  • Iceman Apr 17, 2009

    wow....i will feel a whole lot safer now when I got to Durham tomorrow..

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 17, 2009

    If you're in Durham and commit a crime, just avoid the police department and after a while they will drop the charges.

    No wonder Durham has the highest crime rate in the triangle. Criminals have no fear of going to jail and being prosecuted.

  • tanner Apr 17, 2009

    I guess if I ever get in trouble, I should just refuse to cooperate with the entire legal system. It seems like the ones who cooperate and show up in court are the ones who get punished.

  • 68_polara Apr 17, 2009

    As long as minor crimes are property crimes that is the way it already is.

  • daisymom Apr 17, 2009

    Does this mean we can now commit minor crimes because we wouldn't be worth the trouble?