African American District Attorney Appointed In Eastern Carolina

Governor Beverly Perdue announced her decision to appoint District Court Judge Robert A. Evans of Rocky Mount to be Edgecombe, Nash, and Wilson Counties top prosecutor Wednesday afternoon.

Evans will complete the current term of Howard S. Boney Jr. who is retiring after more than 30 years of public service as district attorney.

Judge Evans has served as a District Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District since being appointed by Governor Jim Hunt in 1999. Evans grew up in Rocky Mount and graduated from the Rocky Mount public schools. He received his bachelor's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. From 1977 to 1999, he practiced law in Rocky Mount. He is the former president of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, which named him Citizen of the Year in 2007.

Judge Evans' first official day as District Attorney will be May 1, 2009.

The NAACP has already announced it supports Perdue’s decision and a spokesman says Evans will be the first black District Attorney in the history of eastern North Carolina.

Ms. Yolanda Thigpen, Edgecombe County NAACP President tells WITN "We are pleased with the selection of Judge Evans. He has a reputation of fairness, strength and conscience. This bodes well for the course of justice in the district."


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  • by Paul Location: Nash on May 7, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    What a Joke Bev Purdue is , caving in to a bunch of naacp hate mongers maybe one day they will get over the past.
  • by Former Wilsonian Location: Greenville on Apr 30, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    I know many attorneys and judges in Wilson and Nash Counties. Most will tell you that Judge Evans is actually over-qualified for this position. In some ways, this is a demotion for him. The governor needed a well qualified black candidate, and he was about the only one qualified. There are not many black attorneys in these counties that are not far, far left liberals. Judge Evans is middle of the row.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Apr 30, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    To Well: The ONLY reason Judge Evan's race is an issue is because the NAACP made it an issue.
  • by Well on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Congratulations Judge Evans. In most judicial districts in this state you would have had no chance of winning an election no matter how qualified you are. Why? Because the same racists in this forum that call the NAACP racist would pull out all stops to put someone less qualified in the seat simply because he/she matches their color.
  • by Frank Location: Wilson on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    Why would a district court judge take a step down to become a district attorney?
  • by Al Location: Greene Co on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Well maybe this will shut the NAACP up for a bout two minutes . Next it will be something else then something and it will be AFRICA IN AMERICA. I say if the man was qualified so mote it be! But if it was all for Brownie points no pun Who is the RACE CARD HOLDERS ?? I am tired of politics and race being played big time here. What if it were White American chosen for .....?? NAACP would be on it like flies on stink! Sell out sell out Perdue . It is ok because like O Bama Her behind kissing days are numbered! State Employees were screwed over this week BAD! They are not gonna let that go!! HA HA keep it up Perdue and we will all be broke worse than we were. You stink Perdue and Butterball You are a MORON!!!!
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Apr 29, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    Talk about being racial!!!!!!!!Who is more qualified.NAACP NEEDS to stay the heck out.I am putting it mildly.I did not vote for her and will always stand my ground.So much for our freedom.LOL NAACP/NAAWP.Let's see who has the authority now..........
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Apr 29, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    I think its a shame when Bev Perdue gives in to a bunch of clowns, yet she gives the state employees the shaft.A pitiful excuse for a governor.At least I can say I didn't vote for her.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    If RACE was not the deciding factor, or better yet - if RACE was not an issue, thenthe articl would read "District Attorney Appointed In Eastern Carolina" and not "African American District Attorney Appointed In Eastern Carolina". One more notch on the belt of the NAACP. Gotta love reverse-racism!
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    Congratulations fellow Tar Heel!
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