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Ex-Person DA wants to keep search details under wraps

Posted March 4, 2010

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— The state Attorney General's Office is facing off against the former district attorney in Person and Caswell counties as to whether details of a search of the prosecutor's office should be public record.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been investigating Joel Brewer since last fall, officials said, but the reason for the probe hasn't been disclosed. Brewer, who retired last week, previously said he was cooperating fully with the investigation.

SBI agents searched Brewer's office at the Person County Courthouse last week, and Brewer has asked a judge to seal the search warrant so that details of what was taken and the reason for the search cannot be reported.

The Attorney General's Office opposes Brewer's attempt to seal the search warrant, and a hearing on the issue has been scheduled for Monday afternoon in Union County.

A Roxboro attorney who is familiar with the case and has seen court documents dealing with it said the SBI investigation doesn't involve anyone else in the district attorney's office and there is more than one accuser.

Gov. Beverly Perdue's office is reviewing candidates to name someone to fill the remainder of Brewer's term.

Perdue said Thursday that she is having trouble finding a qualified candidate who lives in either of the two counties who would be willing to give up his or her law practice temporarily to take the job.

"I have a retired judge in Durham, (and) I have a retired judge in Raleigh who would be fabulous, but the law won't allow me to hire them," she said.

Under state law, a district attorney must live in the county he represents.

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  • lvhv2003 Mar 5, 2010

    Hello, here is where your vote really counts!! This man has been DA for 30 years!! Nobody should be allowed to stay in the position of DA this long. Talk about a fiefdom . . _corruption becomes too easy. NC should not allow judges or district attorneys to stay in office this long. Come on people! Judges and DAs are supposed to serve in the public's best interest, not the special interests of defense attorneys. Get out there and vote out the corrupt this November. We need to hold judges and DAs more accountable because they are PUBLIC servants! Otherwise, the defense attorneys get WHO they want in office and end up owning our justice system in many jurisdictions. And you wonder why it is broken?

  • ratherbnnc Mar 5, 2010

    What Bev means by qualified is that it must be a Democrat as well, cant be puttin in no republicans.
    Nothing New

    No, State laws says she has to appoint the same Party affiliation who was in office.. Brewer was a Democrat.
    They serve until the next election.

  • Nothing New Mar 4, 2010

    And they accuss Rom M of the wake county school board of appointing only those of his desires to committees. Just because they are dems they are crying foul.

  • Nothing New Mar 4, 2010

    What Bev means by qualified is that it must be a Democrat as well, cant be puttin in no republicans.

  • tatermommy52 Mar 4, 2010

    "I have a retired judge in Durham, (and) I have a retired judge in Raleigh who would be fabulous, but the law won't allow me to hire them," another beverism....