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Judge dismisses legal action against Clayton probation officer

Posted December 3, 2012

— A judge on Friday dismissed a request for a restraining order against a probation officer.

Johnston County's judicial district manager, Joyce James, had filed the motion after, she claimed, Jeffrey Mackvick told a psychologist that he planned to kill her.

District Judge R. Dale Stubbs, however, dismissed the request, saying James offered no evidence that Mackvick was stalking her.

Mackvick's attorney, Walter Schmidlin, also made an oral motion in court, requesting another hearing on the matter this Friday. He says the action against Mackvick is frivolous, and he is asking that James pay Mackvick's legal fees.

Keith Acree, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, said James supervises probation operations in Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties. Mackvick is a chief probation officer in Clayton.


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  • nonemeant Dec 10, 1:43 p.m.

    There is more to this than meets the eye. Seems like some more of the D. Goldman shenanigans.

  • dea7aa Dec 4, 11:15 a.m.

    Maybe this will be enough to get her out of there. I know people that have worked for her. Said she was vindictive and only out for whats good for Joyce James. This, plus the plant incident...Come on Raleigh, take a close look at her leadership.

  • wareagle815 Dec 3, 5:28 p.m.

    So how many more peoples life does Joyce James get to ruin. Let's see they have a full scale investigation because someone allegedly knocks a plant off her desk. Now a good Chief has his reputation slandered. Good job NCDPS I guess you will all look the other way again.