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Re: “Wake County DA: rooting for underdogs

As a Wake County "customer" I found Lorrin Freeman anything but Fair and effective.

I am a college-educated tax-payer who ran state-level organizations, volunteered in courts, was an ethics advisor to elected officials, helped to put a high-ranking official in prison, and worked for nonprofits . Now I am a disabled senior citizen on a very limited budget. When I became legally entangled with a corrupt contractor who did $8000 damage to my property --I had to deal with point Lorrin Freeman--who demonstrated gross incompetence and dishonesty and in general treated me with like poor white trash.

The contractor's corruption was nothing compared to what I encountered in Lorrin Freeman:

- she violated my due process rights by not checking my address, easily found on file under tax records, so I didn't get proper notice of a hearing.

I wondered how many other regulary Wake County citizens would not have known to fight for their due process rights in such a case, and were screwed by Lorrin Freeman in this way.

- she again tried to violate my rights by insisting I had to pay a court fee on the spot when her OWN FORM said I legally had 20 days. I had to argue it at length, in front of the entire office--not with her staff, but her--and then wait over 20 minutes for her to run off to find out I was correct.

Shouldn't we citizens be able to count on the clerk of courts to know the law she administers--especially when it's written on her own form?? What about poor disabled seniors who aren't quite knowledgable enough to know their civil rights and fight for it?

- While I qualified to have fees waived, she refused to so do several times--until she found out I was being represented, pro bono, by one of her friends.

If you have a case in Lorrin Freeman's court, are you going to have to hire one of her friends to get a fair hearing?

- When I appealed one of her decisions to a judge, Lorrin Freeman she BOLDLY LIED, completely misrepresenting the facts, so that the judege would side with her.

God forbid you found your or one of your children found yourself on the other side of Lorrin Freeman. It would not suprise me in the slightest if she became one of those DA's who hides evidence from the defense, causing innocent people to be imprisoned and wasting millions of tax dollars.

Wait, she already DID waste at least million in tax dollars, by lack of "Effective" oversight of her current office--for eight years during which corruption was going on right under her nose. As any of us who have ever managed any kind of business knows, the boss is where the buck stops: she might not have been found to be involved--but it doesn't mean she wasn't guilty by lack of proper supervision.

- When I wanted to appeal the court decision, she told me I could have sold my house to pay the court fees. Yes, I should have sold the only house my children have ever known--finding an agent, advertising, selling and closing in TWENTY DAYS, to pay her court fee. A lawyer from Legal Services told me that that was illegal.

Do we REALLY want a DA who not only does not know the law, but tries to bully a disabled senior citizen out of her home of several decades?

Lorrin Freeman also insisted I could have gotten a home equity loan. I returned with papers showing that no bank would give one to a disabled senior on such a limited budgets. Also showed I qualified for Legal Services. She didn't care, her mind was made up.

Is that Lorrin Freeman's version of "blind justice"? If it were YOUR grandmother going through this, is this the kind of person you'd want her to encounter? If Lorrin Freeman becomes DA, your grandmother will.

So, my first-hand experience, as a lowly disabled senior citizen going to Lorrin Freeman's office is that she is, at best, completely incompentent and dishonest in the job she has now. No way would I want her representing "justice" as my D.A.

The only reason I didn't file a complaint with the Courts against her was out of deference to our mutual friend and fear of retaliation.

In fact, I still fear her retaliation, so will not provide my name. She might have to lay awake all night, like Ebenezer Scrooge, trying to remember which of the many Wake County Taxpayer she screwed I was.

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Posted by Lark Burford on 05/01/2014 at 1:20 PM

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