Suspended Durham magistrate served jail time in Michigan
A suspended Durham County magistrate served time in a Michigan jail in the mid-1980s for breaking and entering, according to records obtained by WRAL News.Posted — Updated
Magistrate Sam Biers was suspended last month after the Durham County Sheriff's Office accused him of providing a false date of birth on his job application to hide a criminal history.
Biers disputes the allegation, saying he doesn't have a criminal record and that a courthouse employee entered the wrong birth date.
A hearing to determine whether Biers can return to the bench is scheduled for Thursday. Motions on the case were heard Monday.
Despite the Manistee County, Mich., jail records of Biers' arrest, guilty plea and jail time, the Clerk of Court in the same county said that there are no public documents about Biers’ criminal record. Biers’ lawyer suggested in court on Monday that Biers had it sealed.
In addition to the complaint filed by the Durham County Sheriff's Office, the mother of a student stabbed at Northern High School in March filed a complaint against Biers.
Kenya Newell said her son was still undergoing emergency surgery while the student charged in the case was released on the $5,000 bond Biers set in the case.
Newell said investigators told her that Eric Tyrone Prince Jr. admitted that he had brought a knife to school for the sole purpose of stabbing her son and should have been held on a higher bond. She also complained that Biers didn't seem to take her concerns seriously when she questioned the bond.
Her complaint also alleged that Biers had a criminal history.
Biers said he never spoke to Newell and that another magistrate handled her call.
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