More information is starting to surface about a local assistant attorney, fired from the district attorney's office.
Faris Dixon, a 13-year veteran at the Pitt County DA's Office, is accused of failing to discharge duties of his office. This stems from cases the Greenville Police Department inquired about to the district attorney three days before his firing.
According to an email obtained by WITN, Deputy Chief Ted Sauls, Officer Corey Barrett and Rawl Howard from Code Enforcement spoke on May 6, wondering why so many of Dixon's cases were dismissed for Mahmoud Atiyha, a local taxi driver.
We checked the records and found Dixon signed off on more than three of Atiyha's cases. District Attorney Kimberly Robb says the case has been turned over to the SBI. Robb declined to talk on camera on Tuesday.
The district attorney's office in Pitt County has submitted a request to investigate an assistant district attorney who was fired Wednesday.
Faris Dixon just last week finished first in the primary for Pitt County district judge's race and faces Judge Lee Teague in the November election.
SBI spokeswoman Jennifer Canada told WITN News that she could confirm they received a request from District Attorney Kimberly Robb "to investigate Faris Dixon based on allegations that he failed to discharge duties of his office." That request was made Wednesday.
Robb issued a short statement just before 5:00 p.m. "I can confirm that I requested the SBI to look into irregularities in case dispositions that were brought to our attention on Monday," she told WITN.
Robb fired the veteran assistant district attorney just before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday for unspecified reasons. He had worked in the D.A.'s office for more than 13 years.
"I will in no way allow this to interfere with my campaign for District Court Judge," Dixon said in a statement released late last night. "I will continue to seek to serve the people of Pitt County and will rely on all citizens to continue to support the campaign. We will move forward. Additional information will be forthcoming."
The state Administrative Office of the Courts says assistant district attorneys are "at will" employees, and can be dismissed, fired or separated at anytime.
Greenville Police spokeswoman, Kristen Hunter, issued the following statement late Thursday night:
"It has come to our attention that reports are circulating regarding alleged misconduct on the part of a former Pitt County Assistant District Attorney. Some reports are citing the Greenville Police Department as the complainant. That is not the case. The Greenville Police Department never made specific complaints or allegations against any individual in the District Attorney's Office. It is part of our job to routinely inquire about the status of pending cases. One such inquiry led to an internal investigation by the Pitt County District Attorney's Office. The Greenville Police Department did not initiate the investigation. The matter is being handled by the Pitt County District Attorney's Office and all inquiries should be directed toward them."
WITN has contacted Dixon for his reaction, but he has not yet returned our phone calls.
A candidate for District Court judge is speaking out after he announced he was fired from his position at the District Attorney's Office.
Faris Dixon, a Pitt County assistant district attorney, says he was fired just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Overnight, Dixon released this statement: "I wish to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to the people of Pitt County. I have practiced law for 22 years and worked in the District Attorney’s office for more than 13 years. That dedication was rewarded last week with a great victory. I am gratified that my peers recognize my dedication and earnest desire to be fair and impartial in the latest judicial rankings. According to the information provided on the judicial survey, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the greatest I was the only candidate that scored 4 or above in all categories including integrity. In addition to this ranking my peers ranked me the highest in the 2012 Judicial Rankings."
"I will in no way allow this to interfere with my campaign for District Court Judge. I will continue to seek to serve the people of Pitt County and will rely on all citizens to continue to support the campaign. We will move forward. Additional information will be forthcoming."
WITN asked District Attorney Kimberly Robb about why Dixon was fired, and she referred all questions to the Administrative Office of the Courts. We will be following up with officials in that office Thursday.
Dixon ran in the primary last week and finished tops against incumbent Judge Lee Teague and Daniel Entzminger. He will face Teague in the November general election for the judge seat.
A candidate for District Court judge has been fired from his position at the District Attorney's Office.
Faris Dixon, a Pitt County assistant district attorney, says he was fired just before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.
District Attorney Kimberly Robb referred all our questions to the Administrative Office of the Courts, which was already closed for the day.
Dixon ran in the primary last week and finished tops against incumbent Judge Lee Teague and Daniel Entzminger. He will face Teague in the November general election for the seat.
According to his website, Faris had been a civil domestic violence attorney for three years and a prosecutor for over 15 years.