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SBI: Johnston County magistrate threatened to kill suspect

Posted January 25, 2012
Updated January 26, 2012

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— A Johnston County magistrate is facing charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot and kill a crime suspect in October, according to court documents.

The State Bureau of Investigation charged Sam Blake Jr. Monday with communicating threats, which is a misdemeanor. An SBI spokeswoman said the threats were made while Blake was on duty.

Court documents state that Blake told the suspect, "If I catch you over there, I'll shoot and kill you."

He remains on the job, however, and state law requires a lengthy process to remove a magistrate.

Blake is due in court Feb. 21.

The allegation prompted the county on Wednesday to release more than 180 pages of documented complaints against Blake and his responses over the last 10 years.

Law enforcement officers, co-workers and citizens have accused Blake of lacking professionalism, behaving rudely and publicly calling other magistrates racist in complaints dating back to 2002.

In response to the last claim, Blake wrote in a letter that, "the statements that were made have been made, not only by me, but also by all races and cultures of law enforcement officers to various other races in my presence."

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  • bitemedoughboy Jan 27, 2012

    Shame on the judicial system in place for allowing this man to remain on the bench after being charged with a crime. Shame on the clerk of court and the judge for appointing him to more terms even after they knew of the multitude of complaints he was receiving.

  • SpeakingTruth101 Jan 27, 2012

    It suprises me how quick this pic got here, others can steal out the store and never see a pic

  • Rico Jan 27, 2012

    It's Blake the magic magistrate...

  • Rico Jan 27, 2012

    Thats what happens when people like this are given power.

  • news4u Jan 26, 2012

    The whole Johnston County Courthouse could use a deep cleaning... it smells very fishy...

  • cpmartin13 Jan 26, 2012

    like you committed a crime. Maybe this man should not have a public job. The only fault any other supervisor has is letting this man continue to work in this position. The way one person acts is that person fault no one else. Hopefully he and everyone will see that you can not and should not continue to mistreat innocent people and get by with it.

  • cpmartin13 Jan 26, 2012

    I totally agree, this man is a very NON professional, rude, unpleasant and a total disgrace to the law enforcement. I went with a friend to file a complaint on someone, and this man was not only MEAN but very loud and rude for no reason. We were only in his office a minute or two, not even close to any time to make him angry. It was a total shock. Just asking a couple of questions and this man blew up. The shocking thing was we went for help and were confused and thought this man could help and make life a little safer. I have never seen a person working with the public be so unbearable. My thought is why even have a person in this position that refuses to help people that need help. If the public is not going to get any assist during the night, then it would be better for the public and your payroll not to even have anyone during the night, they do not get any assistance anyway and are mistreated. He treats you the minute that you walk into the magistrate office like you just com

  • gabewilliams12 Jan 26, 2012

    He looks like he thinks he can get away with saying and doing anything because of his positon. I have a friend that is a magistrate. She is beyond professional. Thank God she is not in this county. He should be fired. stop letting folks think they cant be fired just like anyone else who does not do their job.

  • ndslowride Jan 26, 2012

    I ALONG WITH OTHERS HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCED RUDENESS FROM THIS MAGISTRATE. A FEW OF US HAVE DISCUSSED ON NUMEROUS OCCASSIONS HIS ACTIONS AND HOW THEY ARE NOT NECESSARY OR WARRANTED. I'VE HEARD HIM DISREPSECTFULLY SPEAK TO NC CITIZENS TO THE POINT THEY WALKED AWAY CUSSING AT HIM....TIME FOR A SELF CHECK!

  • tmorgan026 Jan 26, 2012

    I am so glad to know that I am not the only person who has had problems with this magistrate. CPD sent me to this man late one night with a problem I had. I happen to be the only person there at the time and when I went in to speak with the magistrate he made me feel small and started raising his voice and had the worst attitude I have even seen from anyone. I tried leaving the little room that you stand in when talking to them and when the door wasn't going to open he proceeded to say "its not that easy". (with his attitude). On top of the yelling and him being rude I was already mad and came to the conclusion that if I had a more serious matter I would never go back to the johnston county court house to face him again. Someone who is suppose to be above the law and this is the treatment the citizens get in joco??

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