Skip to comments.Bar calls ex-DAs' actions feloniesEvidence withheld in '96 murder case
Posted on 01/16/2006 8:18:17 AM PST by hdrabon
The N.C. State Bar has challenged the dismissal of disciplinary charges against two former Union County prosecutors, saying they committed felonies to win a death penalty conviction. Kenneth Honeycutt and Scott Brewer were charged with lying, cheating and withholding evidence in the 1996 murder trial. Honeycutt, the former district attorney in Union County, has since returned to private practice; Brewer is now a District Court judge in Richmond County. Last week, the bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission cited a missed deadline in dismissing the case against them.
But the bar's lawyers say there is no deadline to bring charges because the alleged misconduct of the prosecutors includes multiple felonies.
Honeycutt was once president of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys. On Thursday, the current president said the charges shouldn't be dismissed on technicalities -- and called for a criminal investigation.
"It's extremely distressing to us that these issues are not resolved," said Branny Vickory, Wayne County district attorney. "The allegations are so serious that, for public confidence in the system, they need to be dealt with on the merits, not on procedural grounds. ... This only adds to public distrust."
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Ken Honeycutt groomed, hand-picked, and Roy Cooper coronated (unelected) D.A., Michael Parker, who named a room in the new Union County Courthouse after Honeycutt (shortly after getting his new post), will never conduct a genuine prosecution of Brewer and Honeycutt. As a friend of Honeycutt, Roy Cooper is unlikely to do anything other than window dressing himself.
The Honeycutt and Brewer matter is just the pinnacle of the corruption in the Union County, NC legal industry.
Yeah. There's more fish to fry, here.
Cheating is a charge?
. "The allegations are so serious that, for public confidence in the system, they need to be dealt with on the merits, not on procedural grounds.
I have always said that many Little League teams are for the esteem of the coach winning at all cost and not the children learning to play ball and sportsmanship. The legal profession is no different, it's not about justice or right or wrong, but winning at all cost, even with a mans life at stake.
BTW, I'm in law enforcement and daily see the defense and prosecutions attempt at justice.
"Cheating is a charge?"
No. But cheating is not the only charge. No specific rules were followed. They made up their own rules as they went along. I'm sure North Carolina already had legal rules to follow. Why was it necessary that new ones be independently made?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not for criminals going free. It is whether any of us can expect justice when the rules are broken to win cases. Bless you for the work you do, but there are locals like you who garnered promotions (if not more) for keeping their silence.
In the Union County, NC courts, obstruction is rewarded, and such is sanctioned by silence by the leading law enforcement officials in the state. . . .
Good question -- Unknown (personally). The issue is that there was not enough evidence, apparently, to convict him without breaking the rules. Of course, shortcuts for the Union Co., NC Bar Gang (and NC Bar Gang, for that matter) (from OUR personal experience) is standard. . . .
Curious about the "lovely family" comment.