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Former Durham prosecutor charged with DWI

Posted January 21, 2015

Freda Bowman Black

— Former Durham County assistant district attorney Freda Black was charged Tuesday with driving while impaired, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Black, 54, served as the assistant prosecutor from 1991 to 2005 and was best known for prosecuting Mike Peterson, the novelist who is awaiting a second trial in the death of his wife, Kathleen.

Black was dismissed in 2005 by District Attorney Mike Nifong and ran against him in a Democratic primary the following year. Nifong beat her in the race, but he was later disbarred for more than two dozen violations of the North Carolina State Bar’s rules of conduct and filed for bankruptcy.

An arrest report lists Black’s current employer as Durham Cleaners.

Black is also facing a charge of damage to property. She was released on a written promise to appear in court on Feb. 5.


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  • Larry Lynch Jan 22, 2015
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    was he looking up Rules for Lacrosse players in the handbook? nifong didn't get 1/10th of what he deserved... bet you he wont buck the system anymore.

  • Corporal Snark Jan 22, 2015

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    To paraphrase the late Lewis Grizzard,
    "First, we really don't care how you did it up North. Second, if you miss it so much, Delta is ready when you are."

  • dennyvee2013 Jan 21, 2015

    Released on a Written "Promise" to appear???? No Favoritism there-NOOOOOOO-not at ALL....... Nothing but CROOKS this side of the Mason/Dixon!!! SAD!!!!

  • dennyvee2013 Jan 21, 2015

    They Know the rules-cops, DA's-whatever-they Know them because they spend their lives locking others up for doing the same thing. There should be No Mercy for Any of them-and part of their punishment should be Having to go to every person they ever arrested or locked up and Apologize to their face!! The South is Rampant with crooked "officials"-and it's high time Someone brings every single one of them down HARD!!! Screw 'em!

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  • Larry Lynch Jan 21, 2015
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    never feel sorry for a prosecutor.. they don't play fair. you'll agree with me 100% should you ever come under the oppressive weight of the nc judicial system-- you will learn right quick what it means to be a victim of THE SYSTEM.

  • John Heitzenrater Jan 21, 2015
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    in related news, i saw mike nifong at the library recently.

  • liskm Jan 21, 2015

    Man, when they fall they fall hard it lools like.

  • davidgnews Jan 21, 2015

    She must have really let herself go. I don't remember her looking ANYTHING like that photo. Wow. So let me get this straight - she has a law degree and working for Durham Cleaners? This story still sounds incomplete !

  • Elizabeth Deaver Jan 21, 2015
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    I feel sorry for this lady. Alcoholism is a disease, just like eating disorders; none of them have a "lab test," I hope she gets the help she needs so she can get back to being a productive member of society.