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Freda Black, Kerry Sutton seeking open judicial seat

Posted February 9, 2010

— Attorneys on opposite sides of the Michael Peterson murder case are running against each other for an open judicial seat.

Freda Black and Kerry Sutton are seeking Judge Anne McKown's 14th District Court seat in Durham, according to the State Board of Elections.

Black is best known for prosecuting Peterson in the death of his wife.

Peterson, 63, was convicted Oct. 10, 2003, of first-degree murder in the 2001 beating death of his wife, Nortel Networks executive Kathleen Peterson. She was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their Durham mansion.

Sutton also worked on the case. A long-time friend of Peterson, she was his first attorney.

Steven Storch, a current Durham County magistrate, is also running for McKown's seat.

McKown is stepping down at the end of the year.


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  • itsmyownopinion Feb 10, 2010

    I saw all of Freda Black I wanted to in the Peterson trial.

  • law-2-tech Feb 10, 2010

    No - she would be great as a judge. Probably one of the hard ones that will be needed in Durham Count - revocation rates and active sentences for Mis will increase if you look at how she handled them as DA

  • garnertoy Feb 10, 2010

    you dont need freda black she is a joke