I have known Judge Jim Hill for years and his primary concern is always the welfare of the children. Given how this woman acted in the courtroom in front of the judge with deputies around, how do you think she acts when there is no one watching? For anyone who thinks it is inappropriate for the judge to refer to litigants who act like this as idiots, go spend a week or even a day listening to parents tear each other down and hear what they do to their children. You can hear it all in family court in any county in North Carolina. Actions have consequences and her complete disrespect for the court system and the father of her child needed consequences.
It is not the same as the attacks on Robin Hudson. Robin Hudson was following the constraints of the law and enforcing the constitutional provisions afforded all people. Boz Zellinger's tactics trampled on the constitutional rights and sought ways around constitutional rights. So, no, it is not the same.
Frankly, the issue of Boz Zellinger's fitness to serve has nothing to do with Lorrin Freeman or any other candidate. When an attorney or person for that matter is willing to compromise his or her integrity for the purpose of winning, he or she is not fit to serve as district attorney. Zellinger has taken far too many liberties with the truth to lead the office that is supposed to seek truth and justice.
So, I come home today to yet another political ad from Boz's campaign called "voter's guide". At first, I opened it, thinking it was indeed going to be the voter's guide but, alas, just another misleading advertisement from Boz.
It is not uncommon to have cases overturned occasionally on appeal. That is how the system works and how it should work but what is uncommon is for the Court of Appeals judges to unanimously write such a blistering opinion as the one that was handed down last September in State v. Cooper. The 56 page opinion is a blistering criticism of the handling of the case and it doesn't even come close to bringing forth all of the events that actually happened in the courtroom. The opinion can be found on the Court of Appeals website and is very interesting reading. It is not everyday that the Court of Appeals says, when we can reverse on grounds other than constitutional grounds, we do not address the constitutional issues but in this case, we choose to say that Mr. Cooper's constitutional rights were trampled. the appellate court went out of its way to say that not only were errors of law made but constitutional rights were violated. It was this trial that Boz Zellinger appeared to be the lead prosecutor. Zellinger seems to believe that he can misstate the truth and leave out important statements if it gets the desired result whether seeking a conviction or seeking a political office. That is not who should be managing the DA's office.
Certainly, Lorrin Freeman has prosecuted and tried cases with a jury and she has done so in an ethical and honest fashion. I received yet another political mailing from Boz's campaign again which continues to put forth false and misleading statements. To Clemson 06, I have been a registered democrat my entire voting life and support Lorrin Freeman for DA because she is the best candidate. If the choice in November is between Boz and Jeff Cruden, who is a republican, I will choose Jeff because I have no hesitation regarding his ability, integrity and tactics. Politics have no place in the office of District Attorney or in our justice system at all.
Today, I received a negative political flyer directly from Boz's campaign. The message in the flyer is very similar to that delivered by SEANC. It shows little to no investigation and gives even more insight into how Boz would run the district attorney's office. As I have said before, the job of the district attorney is to seek truth and justice--not to simply obtain convictions. In today's world of prosecutor misconduct, the people nor our justice system can tolerate someone who is so careless and ready to mislead--whether it the public or a jury. The mailer I received today tells it all. He says this isn't an issue of character or honesty. I disagree- it is a question of character and honesty. When the people's leader (the district attorney) is willing to let misleading statements stand to just win the campaign, what's he going to do to win a high profile case? Boz can't control what SEANC says or does--does he have no control over his own campaign? It's all about winning and not about truth, honesty or character.
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