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Governor appoints Wake judge as interim DA

Posted March 27, 2014

District Judge Ned Mangum

— Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed a former Wake County prosecutor and current District Court judge to carry out the remainder of District Attorney Colon Willoughby's term.

Willoughby, the prosecutor for the 10th Judicial District for nearly 30 years, announced last week that he is leaving the post at the end of this month for a private law firm.

Tenth District Judge Ned Mangum, a registered Republican, will serve as interim district attorney until Jan. 1. He has been a judge in Wake County since 2008, and before that, he worked for several years under Willoughby prosecuting felony cases.

"Judge Ned Mangum will have some big shoes to fill, but we have no doubt that he will serve the people of North Carolina and Wake County very well," McCrory said in a statement. "I look forward to watching Ned serve with honor, dignity and the highest of ethical standards."

Mangum is also running unopposed for another term on the bench.

Six people are seeking election to Willoughby's seat, including three assistant district attorneys – Jeff Cruden, Jefferson G. Griffin and Boz Zellinger – and Wake County Clerk of Superior Court Lorrin Freeman. Attorneys Terry A. Swaim and John Walter Bryant are also candidates.


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  • Billy the Kid Mar 28, 2014

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    Which ADA? There are a bunch.

  • Steve Orringer Mar 28, 2014
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    I was falsely accused and convicted about 20 years ago of something I did not do. I uncovered lots of evidence. You will be shocked. www.falseconvictions.com and sign my petitions under the petitions tab. I did investigate my own case and now I want justice.

  • Michi Gauss Mar 28, 2014
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    I thought Howard Cummings would be appointed as interim until a new DA was selected by the voters this fall.

  • carlomontenegro1 Mar 28, 2014

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    Because there are approx. 40 ADA's. There is the elected DA and all the prosecutors in the office are ADA's.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 28, 2014

    I don't understand the political appointment.

    Why doesn't the ADA just step into the position, like the Vice President of the US if the President becomes indisposed?

  • dollibug Mar 28, 2014

    Let's all hope that this is a good move for Wake County. It seems like lack of communication, training and interpretation is something that certainly needs some improvement. Innocent people have been indicted, tried and convicted without ANY EVIDENCE proving that they are guilty. Everyone deserves a FAIR AND JUST trial. It seems like *convictions* are all they are after instead of seeking the TRUTH. As I think we all have seen this has gotten out of hand and has become quite *EXPENSIVE*. It would be better to DO IT RIGHT the first time and make sure ALL *facts* are in order and presented to begin with.

  • Perry Woods Mar 27, 2014
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    Statement from Clerk of Court Lorrin Freeman on the Appointment of Judge Ned Mangum as D.A.
    Congratulations and thanks to Judge Ned Mangum for his appointment as District Attorney of Wake County and for his willingness to serve. He is an outstanding choice as an experienced prosecutor and judge with a long reputation for fairness and integrity.
    His appointment by the Governor continues the long tradition of bi-partisan cooperation in the Wake County Courthouse in the administration of justice. I look forward to working with him as part of a team, along with the Sheriff and our Chief Judges, to do the important work necessary to keep our citizens safe.