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Former judge named DA in Person County

Posted March 10, 2010 11:07 a.m. EST

— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Wednesday named a former Superior Court judge to serve as acting district attorney in Person and Caswell counties.

Judge James Long will complete the term of Joel Brewer, who retired last month.

Long served as a recorder’s court judge for Caswell County from 1964 to 1970 and as Superior Court judge from 1970 to 1994. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a law degree from the UNC School of Law.

Brewer is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation. Witnesses accused him of stopping drivers by flashing a gold badge and using dismissed cases to win votes in his re-election campaigns.

SBI agents searched Brewer's office at the Person County Courthouse two weeks ago, seizing two folders containing pink copies of citations, notes, phone messages and letters, according to a search warrant. One file was for male defendants, and the other was for female defendants, the warrant states.

Agents also seized a gold-colored badge with "District Attorney" and "J.H. Brewer" engraved on the shield, according to the warrant.

No charges have been filed in the case, and Brewer has said he is cooperating with the investigation.