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Judicial candidate charged with DWI

Posted September 18, 2008

— A Raleigh lawyer running for a Wake County District Court judgeship has been charged with drunken driving, police said.

Mark A. Perry, 49, of 3231 Lewis Farm Road, was arrested on Wade Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.09. Anything above 0.08 is illegal in North Carolina.

Perry is running against Anna Worley for the District Court seat being vacated by Judge Shelley Desvousges, who is retiring.

Perry issued an apology for his behavior and asked for understanding in the wake of his father's death.

"I made a mistake for which I take full responsibility," Perry said. "The death of my father four weeks ago after his extended illness has impacted me in a far greater way than I ever imagined.

"I apologize to the people of Wake County and ask for their understanding," he continued. "I still believe in the presumption of innocence, due process and the equal protection of law, and I always will."

Perry said he has not decided yet whether he will continue to run for the district judgeship.

He has run for other Wake County offices, including clerk of court. He was also a contender to be the county's first public defender.


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  • themom2 Sep 23, 2008

    I know Mark. I don't condone drinking and driving under any circumstances. I do know that he has a good heart and has been good to our family. I'm sorry for his dad. I recently was in a car accident, cold stone sober, at 5:30 in the afternoon, before a party. In a minute things can change. Knowing Mark, he's going to be hard enough on himself. I hope he does not pull out of the race. He is hard working, compassionate and a good guy to know. Hang in there Mark, this too shall pass!

  • tarheel4life Sep 19, 2008

    "tarheel, I'm sure it's all just like you said, or not. I'm leaning towards not though."

    I couldn't care less if you believe me or not. I was weaned on el rushbo and so it came naturally. But GG on dropping the political hackory in favor of actually discussing the issue at hand. I know it's more fun to demonize people but I'm glad you're starting to take the high road.

    "Tarheel - Just so you know, I did not give up on the subject, just you......I was under the impression that I could post comments on this board just like everyone else does, just to see and be part of everyone else's opionion"

    Call it what you will, but you made a sensational statement about what WOULD have happened if he wasn't pulled over, and I called you out on it. Simple as that. I'm not holding a grudge, I'm just amazed that you can't admit that you were wrong...especially considering he barely blew over the limit.

  • Smiling Sep 19, 2008

    Tarheel - Just so you know, I did not give up on the subject, just you......I was under the impression that I could post comments on this board just like everyone else does, just to see and be part of everyone else's opionions. Thanks for serving our country, I respect anyone who does. My daughter is in the Army and so is her husband (who is currently deployed to Iraq) Hope you have a wonderful life, but I will not entertain your pitiful posts any longer.......and I am moving on, not giving in.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Sep 19, 2008

    This is mind numbing in a way. One DUI I believe most of us would and could forgive. That doesn't mean it doesn't make one unfit for certain jobs: cop, judge, DA, etc.. Being a drunk driver absolutely makes one unfit to be a judge. When on active duty I knew GI's who lost their security clearance and were barred from their job site because of a single DUI. Such is life.

    What I find sad here is Perry claims he was drunk because he's having a difficult time dealing with his father's death. Okay. His reaction to stress is to drink. He's been caught drunk driving and there was a suggestion that this was not the first time either. What this is telling me is that Mr Perry may have a substance abuse problem. He might be a nice guy. That doesn't mean he's fit to be a judge nor that he does not have a substance abuse problem. Again, not a quality I care to see in a robe seated at the bench.

    tarheel, I'm sure it's all just like you said, or not. I'm leaning towards not though.

  • tarheel4life Sep 19, 2008

    hahahaha you political hacks are all the same.

    liberal this, democrat that, blah blah rabble rabble rabble.

    i'm actually a registered republican, served this country in the USMC and voted for W (twice). There go your assumptions.

  • savedcenturion Sep 18, 2008

    HAHAHA- Tarheel, A quick glance reveals how you've run amok throughout the post(dragging your bleeding heart with you) trying to hijack it and smear everyone who has spoken the truth about this situation. Please run along... resume your dismal existence and continue to surf liberalland.com.

  • tarheel4life Sep 18, 2008

    armynavyseabee (barbara)

    i guess you're the type that trolls around political threads. this is not a political thread. you're the one who started talking about democrat/republicans junk here. how about you take that stuff somewhere else where somebody wants to argue with you about it.

  • Fx432 Sep 18, 2008

    I hope he gets elected; that way, if I am ever arrested for DWI, I can go before him and plead lapse of judgment and undue stress. Hopefully, I don't kill anybody during this lapse even though I'm a good guy. Great way of thinking there. Don't drink and drive, PERIOD!! There is no excuse, including death of a family member. What about the member of someone else's family you may kill? He will fit right in with the rest of them on the bench!

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Sep 18, 2008

    So the majority of the public, those of us who don't drive drunk, we must be fools to take into consideration the legal and moral ramifications of our actions before we act. That's the lesson I'm getting here. I had never considered the possibility of joining a particular political party with the intent to validate the morality of any decision to violate the law. It is breathtaking. Now, I find out that choosing to drive drunk is okay for some and being angered by it makes one a self-righteous prude.

    My libertarian nature is perplexed by this. So I am curious, how many DUI instances would it take to make one unfit for the bench? Does someone have to die in a wreck? Is there some dollar amount of property damage necessary first? Choosing to drive intoxicated is clearly not a problem if one is of the correct political persuasion. Are there different standards for Dems, Reps, and unaffiliated voters? I mean, theoretically, the law should be the same for all, but we all know that's BS.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Sep 18, 2008

    For Christmas I want a headline that reads:

    "(insert name of Republican judge here) arrested for DUI"

    Some user names will change as the people defending Perry go whole hog on the attack against a GOP judge caught doing the very same thing.

    I don't expect perfection, but I do expect a member of the bar, law enforcement officers, and others involved in the criminal justice system to know better and to not do things like DUI.

    The people with MADD have been beating this horse for 20+ years and it still doesn't seem to be getting through. Don't drive if there is even a chance you are over the legal limit. How hard is that? How many people have to die at the hands of a "first time" drunk driver who had "just a few drinks"? .09 might not be as dangerous at .19, but it is far more dangerous than .00 and ultimately, the chemistry of it is that Mark Perry was a menace to public safety that night. He chose to drink to intoxication and he chose to drive. I'm sure the DA has his back though.