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Former Person DA prohibited from practicing law

Posted February 3, 2011 10:02 a.m. EST
Updated February 3, 2011 10:56 a.m. EST

— 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.