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Two with ties to Perdue surrender at Wake jail

Posted November 30, 2011

— Two people with close ties to North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue surrendered Wednesday at the Wake County jail on charges related to campaign finance violations.

Both were quickly released on $50,000 unsecured bonds.

Julia Leigh Sitton of Morganton recently resigned as director of the governor's Western Office. Sitton was indicted on two felony charges Monday, accused of accepting $32,000 in secret salary payments from illegal campaign donations when she worked for Perdue's 2008 campaign.

Julia Sitton at courthouse Two more Perdue associates surrender

Sitton was accompanied by her father, husband and attorney to the Wake County Courthouse. All declined to comment.

Perdue family friend Trawick H. "Buzzy" Stubbs Jr. of New Bern faces felony charges for providing more than $28,000 in undisclosed flights on a private plane to Perdue. Stubbs, a Republican, was the law partner of the governor's late first husband.

Attorney David Long said Stubbs was "coping" with being charged in the case, and Stubbs was positive as he left the courthouse, saying that, in hindsight, he wouldn't do anything differently.

"I appreciate the overwhelming support of the press and media. I've been surprised about how supportive they've been," he said.

Former Perdue campaign finance director Peter A. Reichard was also indicted on an obstruction charge for allegedly securing the money to pay Sitton. He was released on bond Tuesday.

Reichard is working on a plea deal with prosecutors, attorney Hart Miles said. Stubbs won't enter such negotiations, Long said.

"He certainly had no intent to violate any law, and he intends to plead not guilty, and we'll look forward to going to trial," Long said.

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  • Jimmie Malone Dec 2, 3:36 p.m.

    5 banks settle fraud charges paying fines of 1 billion with no admission of wrongdoing. This man of honor and integrity, Mr. Stubbs, helps out the widow of his deceased law partner with airplane rides as he has helped out countless through the decades bringing joy to almost all (except investigators who are joyful for wrong reasons) who know him and winds up with a felony charge. The indictment is on the process not the man!

  • jayceesmom10 Dec 1, 10:07 a.m.

    Rockman, don't judge someone by their first mistake. Mr. Stubbs is an outstanding person that had a lack in judgement one time. He has worked hard for the things that he has.

  • superman Dec 1, 9:36 a.m.

    Perdue cant control or manage her campaign. How can she think she can manage the state? I would be ashamed to admit I couldnt manage my own affairs. Perhaps another long extended trip to Japan or China would help us all.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Dec 1, 9:19 a.m.

    If only the average person could get "quickly released" with an unsecured bond of 50k. Must be nice to be a "big pig" with a high dollar lawyer with connections. Just another example of lawyers in power setting the stage for other lawyers so that everybody involved in this thing will make a lot of money and then when it's over both sides will go out to lunch together to discuss how to make it look like justice was served. Same thing over and over. Watch and see how many taxpayer dollars get burned up in this fire. Honey Badger don't care!

  • indrdw Dec 1, 9:04 a.m.

    I say they reimburse the state (taxpayers) for the cost of this investigation and what it cost the prosecutors and any other expenses related.

  • mrman2a Nov 30, 7:57 p.m.

    Just a long line of democratic corruption keeping the tradition going.

  • pbjbeach Nov 30, 7:56 p.m.

    This is in all probablity is just the tip of the perverberal iceberg, they do not need to stop digging for the fact as it relates to corruption within every state agency in this statebut must especially within the ncdot an it contracting enitys. the really sad thing about this whole thing is that it would have been just as bad or if not worst under the republican adminstration of any propose republican candiate that is even consider running to replace our current wonderful governor. i have been saying for the firt day she toook office that she should be recalled an immedeatley replaced . thiese satte are comming directly from a lifelong die in the wool democrat thank you

  • gallbury Nov 30, 7:53 p.m.

    Bev, just for once, put political agendas aside and show some accountability and class: step aside, gracefully, and give your support to another Democrat for 2012.

  • North Carolina Home Nov 30, 7:18 p.m.

    In a word, PATHETIC

  • hunter38 Nov 30, 7:08 p.m.

    perdue should follow suit

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