Perdue Appoints Sermons To Superior Court

Governor Beverly Perdue has appointed Wayland James Sermons, Jr. to the Superior Court District 2 for Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.

Sermons will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William C. Griffin, Jr.

Perdue said, "Wayland Sermons' broad career experience in law and his commitment to his community have prepared him well for this position. I am confident he will serve the people of the 2nd Judicial District with distinction."

Sermons has been in private practice since 1980 in Beaufort County. He is currently serving as town attorney for the towns of Bath and Chocowinity. He has been an approved Capital Defender by the Office of Indigent Defense Services since 2000.


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  • by Howard Location: Bath on Aug 15, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    The word was out for several years that Griffin would not retire until he could arrange for Sermons to be his successor. We don't need judges handpicking their successors, especially a judge as arrogant as Griffin. Easley would not allow Griffin to put his handpicked choice in, but ''Dumpling'' Purdue (seriously that is the nickname that Basnight and the boys hung on her in the Senate) did. There have been some highly qualified people who have been mentioned over the years for this seat including District Court Judges Mike Paul and Chris McLendon, and DA Seth Edwards. I wonder how many of them will end up running next year. All of them are better known than Sermons. It is good to have Griffin gone, but it is still an open question who will hold this seat after the next election. It could be an interesting campaign. Griffin's role in the lawsuit by the school board against the taxpayers of the county was revolting.
  • by Walt Location: Washington on Aug 14, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    If Wayland does half as good as a judge as he did as a defense attorney, he will be great. Seth Edwards is a commendable young man and we are lucky to have him as our DA. If i'm ever charged with an offense and Tom Anglim is the ADA, i'll fire my defense attorney and plead, because i'm probably going to jail. He is good.
  • by sam Location: williamston on Aug 13, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    I have known Mr. Sermons, Should I say Judge Sermons, for many years. I know him to be an excellent attorney and I know he will be a great Judge. I have also known Judge Griffin for along time and wish him the best in his retirement. There are several Judges who were attorneys before they became a Judge. I see no problem with that. They know what it is like to be on both sides. I also know Mr. Edwards and feel that he is doing a good job as the head District Attorney.
  • by Do Tell on Aug 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    Unfortunatly, WITN missed the real story here. What is Chief Assistant District Attorney Tom Anglim going to do? The man is brilliant. This is no slight to Seth, but Tom is the engine that makes the locomotive run at the District Attorney's Office in the 2nd Judicial District...though Seth does have great charisma in trial and is a good manager and a decent guy. The people would be well served (and lucky) if Tom Anglim becomes DA when Seth wins the election next year. Tom, may the force be with you. As far as Bev's appointment of Wayland Sermons goes, that is proof positive the good 'ole boy(or girl) network is still intact in North Carolina.
  • by guess who Location: on the rd on Aug 13, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    GRIFFINN HELD COURT IN BEAUFORT CO. WITH 14 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND WHILE THE COURTHOUSE WAS CLOSED. THEN HE LOCKED EVERYBODY UP THAT FAILED TO SHOW & HELD THEM WITHOUT BOND WHILE HE WENT ON VACATION .I DON'T CONSIDER HIM FAIR
  • by Gary Location: NC on Aug 13, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    I found judge Griffin a fair and good man. I stood before him myself and though he gave me wrong sentense he changed it after he found more facts. Don't know this new guy/
  • by Concerned Location: Washington on Aug 13, 2009 at 05:31 AM
    WOW....Guess a great DA we have did not do enough favors for Mrs.Perdue! Maybe if he had hosted a fundraiser for her like Mr.Sermons she would have appointed him! Looks like ol Bev is paying her favors off..I can't wait for the next election...how many state employees are going to vote for the one that PROMISED SO MUCH!
  • by Curious Location: Plymouth on Aug 13, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    William Griffin was a fair and just judge for the superior court system. As for Ralph, I wonder where somewhere in NC is. Incarcerated perhaps.
  • by TD Location: Washington on Aug 13, 2009 at 03:59 AM
    Good job Wayland. Kathy, you have a problem with everything. You should try and go to bed a little earlier. My opinion.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Aug 12, 2009 at 09:14 PM
    I have a real problem with a former defense attorney being appointed to the bench to pass judgment on some of the very people who padded his wallet for nearly 30 years. I think judges should be held to a higher standard. My opinion.
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