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Oct 2014 Final Web

October 2014

The witchcraft case of

The witchcraft case of Grace Sherwood is one of the best known in Virginia. She was accused of bewitching a neighbor’s crop in 1698. Allegations grew over time until the Princess Anne County government and her accusers decided she would be tested by ducking, since water was condiered pure and would not permit a witch to sink into its depths. Sherwood’s accusers on 10 July 1706 tied her hands to her feet and dropped her into the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River near what is now known as Witch Duck Point. Sherwood floated, a sign of guilt. She was imprisoned, but was eventually released. Sherwood lived the rest of her life quietly and died by 1740. Department of Historic Resources, 2002 So when you are in Virginia Beach and see Witchduck Rd. You know the history behind the name. Delbert Grady: I’m sorry to differ with you sir, but *you* are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker. I should know sir - I’ve always been here. “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.” - Ronald Reagan

MESSAGE FROM LOCAL ATTORNEYS ABOUT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELECTION In November our communities in Northeastern North Carolina will vote for a District Attorney. This race is extremely important because, at the end of the day, the District Attorney is the person ultimately responsible for the safety of our communities. However, a District Attorney must be more than merely a prosecuting attorney. To be effective, a District Attorney must - Be fair to everyone involved in the criminal justice system, including victims, the accused, witnesses, officers and attorneys; - Pursue justice, not just convictions at the expense of accusing and prosecuting innocent people; - Effectively oversee thousands of cases; - Administer multiple courts in all seven counties of Northeastern North Carolina, many of which are running at the same time; - Prepare cases in advance so as not to underutilize our limited court time and waste taxpayer dollars; - Manage numerous assistant prosecutors and scores of support staff; - Be physically present in the office and in the courts in order to oversee the work being done by the assistants and support staff; - Work with dozens of law enforcement agencies to investigate, prepare and prosecute cases; - Utilize people and leadership skills in order to lead the assistant prosecutors and support staff; - Be willing to deal with the public and work with and be responsive to the other court personnel, including Judges, Clerks and defense attorneys who are equally integral to the criminal justice system; - Work with families and their attorneys involved in domestic violence cases, which involve both civil and criminal litigation; - Understand that every day an alleged criminal sits in jail awaiting trial not only deprives that person of his/her liberty prior to having been found guilty, but it also costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. As attorneys who are in court every day in all of the counties across the First Judicial District, and as the ones who deal with the District Attorney and his staff on a daily basis, we are able to observe the District Attorney and the District Attorney’s staff more often and in more situations than almost anyone else. In addition, several of us began our careers in the District Attorney’s office and know first-hand the requirements and challenges inherent to the office. In the past year, Andrew Womble has made significant positive changes in processes, improved communications and consistency, uplifted the morale of his office, and is obviously looking for solutions to issues that have negatively affected the office for years. Cases are now better and more quickly prepared; trial dockets are better organized and managed; and phone calls are returned by the District Attorney and his staff. It is apparent to each of us that this District Attorney’s office is being managed and led more effectively, and is functioning better, than it has in a great number of years. Having observed the District Attorney’s office workings for years, we firmly and without reservation believe that there is only one candidate equipped and qualified to serve as District Attorney of the First Judicial District, and we completely support KEEP ANDREW WOMBLE OUR DISTRICT ATTORNEY Paid For By: D. Keith Teague H.P. Williams, Jr. Edward O’Neal Hood Ellis “Sambo” Dixon Joseph H. Forbes, Jr. Pitt Godwin Mark Warren Michael P. Sanders Kris Felthousen Thomas Wood Angelea Norcross G. Elvin Small John R. Parker, Jr. Brandon Belcher Patrick Sellers William Hackney High, Jr. Bill Brumsey, IV Lauren Arizaga Pat Hudspeth Bill Brumsey, III Alisha Cassidey-Quate BJ McAvoy Danny Glover, Jr.