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Obama chooses Hagan pick for U.S. Attorney post

Posted July 28, 2010
Updated December 11, 2010

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated North Carolina Judge Ripley Rand, the son of veteran state Senator Tony Rand, to the post of U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

It is the president's perogative to nominate a replacement for current U.S. Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner, an appointee of President George W. Bush. The middle district has headquarters in Greensboro and encompasses 24 counties including Durham, Orange, Chatham, Hoke, Lee and Alamance.

Sen. Kay Hagan suggested Rand for the role more than a year ago, her office said in a statement.

"Judge Rand has been working to ensure justice for North Carolinians for more than 10 years, both as a superior court judge and an assistant district attorney. He will continue serving our state proudly as a U.S. Attorney, and I will be working with my colleagues to ensure a swift confirmation for Judge Rand," Hagan said.

Rand has served as a superior court judge in Wake County since 2002.

He is the judge who ruled in December that convicted murderers Alford Jones and Faye Brown, both sentenced to life in the 1970s had effectively served their time and should be released. The state Court of Appeals quickly halted that decision and has yet to issue a final ruling.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Rand served as an assistant district attorney in Raleigh.

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  • North Carolina Home Jul 29, 2010

    Don't we all just wonder what will happen with the investigation of the Easley administration now?

  • u stand corrected Jul 29, 2010

    Wow! I am shocked by this news!

  • gunny462 Jul 29, 2010

    "Did BO even take a second look at this rube? or just rubber stamp a fellow progressive liberal's recommendation."

    After what the judge did in AZ, what do you think? I think he has a line of stamps sitting on his desk waiting to approve all his friends for whatever they want.

  • EyesintheSkies Jul 29, 2010

    Another brilliant choice by the brilliant President.
    11/2/2010

  • affirmativediversity Jul 29, 2010

    "Sen. Kay Hagan suggested Rand for the role more than a year ago, her office said in a statement"

    Well now we know what was occupying Kay's time while her office wasn't returning calls or listening to constituent concerns.

    Hmmmm, a year ago...weren't we in the middle of the "WE DON'T WANT OBAMACARE" debate AND wasn't "good ole Kay" COMPLETELY UNAVAILABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA?

    Nice choice Kay... a lover of murderers who comes from a family of crooks!!!

  • baron2ci Jul 29, 2010

    "Judge Rand has been working to ensure justice for North Carolinians for more than 10 years, both as a superior court judge and an assistant district attorney"

    Yeah, letting murderers out to continute to rape and murder citizens sure is looking out for North Carolinians.

  • dwntwnboy Jul 29, 2010

    "The corrupt shall give to the corrupt"- the way it's always been done isn't it? :-)

  • gunny462 Jul 29, 2010

    The corrupt shall give to the corrupt

  • jet2rdu Jul 29, 2010

    I guess the Santa gave the Governor a gift of "Change you can believe in" since she said this about her judicial pick on Dec. 24, 2009.

    Remember,

    "Our governor is annoyed with the North Carolina courts. After Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand ruled last week that two convicted murders should be released, Gov. Bev Perdue erupted.

    At a hastily called news conference, she "didn't have words to describe how mad" she was. Still, she gave it a good go. Declaring herself "furious," she reported "never being this disgusted." Surrounded by state troopers, Perdue declared "this is not how courts are supposed to work."

    Her fusillade echoed claims earlier in the fall of her anger and disbelief over similar rulings that "I'm not going ... to live with." She vowed, single-handedly, to block any such prisoner release. " from the NandO Christmas Day 2009.

  • demo7691 Jul 29, 2010

    Oh this is a mess. First Rand took a leave of absence to help the Easleys in his election. His daddy helped the easley's and was being investigated on simular election and Easley type charges. Now the Son is the US Att. and hes in charge of the case. Yeah Obama that was not the smartest move to show that you are a legit person. I guess thats why its said that NC is one of the biggest political corrupt states. Interesting to see the plea deal he gives to Mike and Daddy. Get out the ruler and spank the palms on this one.