Former Perdue staffer pleads not guilty to charges

Posted March 5, 2012

— A former aide to Gov. Beverly Perdue pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she received secret salary payments while working on the Democrat's 2008 campaign.

Julia Leigh Sitton of Morganton entered a written plea Monday through defense attorney Joe Zeszotarski in Wake County Superior Court. She did not appear before the judge.

Sitton is a lawyer who resigned last year as director of the governor's Western Office. She has been a paid fundraiser for Perdue's 2008 campaign.

Sitton was indicted on two felony charges in November, accused of accepting $32,000 in unreported salary payments from illegal campaign donations. Former Perdue fundraising chairman Peter Reichard of Greensboro pleaded guilty in December to funneling the secret payments to Sitton through his company.

A third person with close ties to Perdue, longtime family friend Trawick "Buzzy" Stubbs, entered a not guilty plea last week to charges that he provided his private plane to the campaign for several flights that weren't properly reported on campaign finance reports.


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  • wildpig777 Mar 5, 2012

    yall heard me say it here first: over 3 yrs ago i said chicago mafia style politics has NOTHING on nc politics.............. one can easily see what 120 yrs of rule by one party brings.............

  • AlbertEinstein Mar 5, 2012

    Yet another example of why attorneys should not be allowed in any other branch than the Judicial AND that Perdue should go ahead and turn herself in to the authorities for the illegal activities already committed.

  • whatusay Mar 5, 2012

    Corruption only gets worse....it never gets any better because the voters are not informed enough, don't listen to the news, don't read the paper, don't have a clue. When they go to the polls they vote on race, not the best candidate.

  • zonk Mar 5, 2012

    People will one day realize the corruption of our past leadership.This has been going on since Jim Hunt's days. I know a lot of people that will attest to it as many of you may know.

  • brand7976 Mar 5, 2012

    Illinois and North Carolina, where our governors go straight from the mansion to the prison.

  • aprice2 Mar 5, 2012

    Not one of Bev's bevy of Dems, but I do not think she had anything to do with the Julia & Peter Show. Reichard's political career is over & he nor his company benefited from anything. Sitton's an attorney and one would think she knows better.

  • RomneyRyan2012 Mar 5, 2012

    Just keep working up the ladder to our current governor...no wonder she's not running for governor...she's gonna be running away from the law!! Run gov run!!! lol

  • americaneel Mar 5, 2012

    "Buzzy" Stubbs...Good old boy, even his name makes him sounds guilty

  • americaneel Mar 5, 2012

    Politician aid and an attorney = Bad corrupt combination

  • UNCfuturealumi Mar 5, 2012

    copy cat work