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Durham Public Defender Resigns Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Posted December 28, 2005

— Durham's lead public defender, accused of inappropriate conduct in the workplace, resigned Wednesday, according to Durham County Court Administrator's Office.

Brown, who was suspended last week amid allegations that he used his authority as public defender to make sexual advances toward an assistant public defender, submitted his resignation to Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson.

In court documents filed last week, Danielle Bruno alleges that Brown shared with her in graphic detail about his anatomy and a personal experience. She also accused him of asking for personal details about her marriage and her life.

Brown, who was appointed legal defender in 1991, has faced allegations of sexual misconduct in the past. In 1996, he pleaded no contest to soliciting sex from a client.

Brown's resignation is effective Jan. 31.

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