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Former Person DA prohibited from practicing law

Posted February 3, 2011

— The former district attorney for Person and Caswell counties has been disbarred after pleading guilty last summer to inappropriately touching and kissing women.

Joel Brewer was disbarred by the Wake County Superior Court, Katherine Jean, general counsel for the North Carolina State Bar, said Thursday. He has surrendered his law license.

Brewer pleaded guilty last July to seven counts of assault on a female and one count each of impersonating a law enforcement officer and willfully failing to discharge duties. 

Prosecutors characterized Brewer as a predator and said he dismissed cases to win votes in his re-election campaigns.

Brewer retired in February 2010 during a State Bureau of Investigation review of the accusations. He had been district attorney for 16 years.

He was given a suspended 105-day jail sentence, put on probation for three years and order to pay a $50,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. The judge said the fine would be cut in half if he lost his law license for at least 90 days.


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  • oleguy Feb 3, 2011

    Well woop de do, thats real punishment, 90 days without a license,,

  • rglenncapps62 Feb 3, 2011

    who is ws or is did not matter congrats to the judge in this case

  • rglenncapps62 Feb 3, 2011

    Just another example of someone who thinks who they are gives them the right to do what they want to do . I applaued the court system for busting his pants

  • jmaynor1 Feb 3, 2011

    He should call Bev and she will appoint him to at least a $90,000 State Government job.

  • beachboater Feb 3, 2011

    The fact that he is a lawyer is key here, rather than his political party. Don't you know that lawyers always are going to screw somebody?

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Feb 3, 2011

    "Not a Dem or Repub thing. Rather just another example of our corrupt government."

    You are right. The fact that the propaganda arm of the DNC, aka WRAL, would have printed the party affiliation if this was a Republican is important.

  • beckerunc Feb 3, 2011

    Not a Dem or Repub thing. Rather just another example of our corrupt government.

  • airbornebravo72 Feb 3, 2011

    There's still 'just' in our Justice system.

  • jbarron4950 Feb 3, 2011

    "I am not a crook" What punishment is turning in your license to practice law if you are retired?.....justbekind

    Read the story. Brewer retired in February 2010 as the district attorney for Person and Caswell counties. He was still eligible to practice law at that time and that's why the fine was to be reduced if he had to surrender his license for at least 90 days.

  • tran Feb 3, 2011

    He does look like Ned Beatty. Maybe he can squeal like Ned too.