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Perdue appoints DA to new judicial district

Posted November 4, 2010

Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday appointed Vernon K. Stewart the district attorney for a new prosecutorial district in Harnett and Lee counties.

“Vernon Stewart has the respect and confidence of the public, law enforcement and attorneys in Harnett and Lee counties,” she said in a statement. “The citizens of the new prosecutorial district should have every confidence that justice will be administered fairly by District Attorney Stewart."

The General Assembly created the 11-A prosecutorial district last year, splitting it from Johnston County. The post becomes effective Jan. 15.

Stewart is a lifelong resident of Harnett County and has more than 24 years of experience in both state and federal and civil courts. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Campbell University.

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  • Inter Alios Nov 5, 2010

    LegalGuy: As I understand it, he has to file when the filing period opens in February.

  • imdicktrickle Nov 4, 2010

    I'm happy that someone does, Bev is not respected. When can we vote her out?

  • Tarheel born Nov 4, 2010

    Congratulations. He will serve with distinction, honor, and with the best interests of his fellow citizens in Harnett and Lee Counties. We have for too too long been the "red headed stepchild" of the 11th Judicial District.

  • UNCfuturealumi Nov 4, 2010

    voters may as well stay home. I don't even trust the counting of the votes and most of them, go the way the election board wants anyways. all is a bunch of crooks

  • Legal Guy Nov 4, 2010

    Stewart may be a great person for the job, but why could this position not be part of the election? Why make an appointment 2 days after election day? Shouldn't the voters get a voice in this? Seems strange to me.