First African American D.A. In ENC Sworn In

By: Dave Jordan/Christine Kennedy
By: Dave Jordan/Christine Kennedy

Eastern Carolina's first African American District Attorney took the oath of office Friday.

Edgecombe County Judge Robert Evans offically became the top prosecutor in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties at 2PM Friday.

Governor Perdue appointed Evans to the position to fill the post of the retiring Howard Boney. Evans first offical day on the job is Monday.

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The man tapped to become eastern Carolina's first African-American district attorney is speaking out about his new position and the claims he only got it because of race.

Edgecombe County Judge Robert Evans says he is ready to become the top prosecutor in Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson counties.

Evans says there will be aggressive prosecution for those who break the law but he will also be understanding to community needs. "We will make sure the trains run on time. That cases will be prosecuted but part of my job and the most important part for the next 60 to 90 days is to figure out what's going on and then learn as much as I can so we can devise a plan of operation that will take us into the future."

Governor Perdue appointed Evans to the position to fill the post of the retiring Howard Boney.

The NAACP called for Perdue to strongly consider an African-American for the position. Judge Evans responded to those who feel he's only getting the position because he's black by saying, "My only response to that is we can sit down and debate that which I find totally irrelevant, or we can role up our sleeves and go to work. I choose to do the latter."


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 7, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    To js, does that make me an English American? Irish American? Dutch American? German American? Huuuuummmmmm!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    I agree with Judge Evans and wish him well. It is time to roll up the sleeves and go to work. It is discouraging to see individuals hired based upon race which violates the EEOC standard. The NAACP consistently misrepresents in violation of the equal opportunity standard. That in itself is degrading to their race. But then again, I'm just a tax paying citizen and what could I possibly know. It's nice to know that Gov. Perdue will never have back problems because she apparently has no spine.
  • by Coach on May 5, 2009 at 11:01 PM
    proud kkk member: I think you mean 'you' white people not 'us' white people as please do not include me in the class of 'whites' you consider yourself in. my last post to you wasn't posted as I may have called you out too much. I do appologize to WITN. Let me try this again. I do not like the racist, um lets see, intelligence that you speak of. I think of how very 'well' you represent the white race. LOLOLOL, Was that better?
  • by js Location: raleigh on May 4, 2009 at 10:06 PM
    African American? What part of Africa is he from? If he was born in the USA, then he is American, not African. If this is the case, then I want to be referred to as European American since my ancestors came here from Europe 200 years ago.
  • by Proud KKK Member Location: Rocky Mount on May 4, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    In my county? In my county? We need to keep us whites from getting cheated out by the government. I say remove Butterfield cause the man has no business being involved with the government to begin with. He is a racist.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 4, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    To Well, if you think that the level of racism is real bad in Eastern North Carolina, I guess you have never seen Western North Carolina or ever lived there before. Western North Carolina is the worst part of the state when it comes to racism. If there is an NAACP, then there needs to be a NAAWP. That would mean equality in the United States.
  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on May 3, 2009 at 11:58 PM
    DK: What state do you live in? A 100 years ago? What? Try last year, last week, heck last night. I see both sides as having racist idiots. You say, "I'm not racist" and yet your comments tell a different story. Don't spit in someone's face and tell 'um its raining. White Chick: We all know that there is none of what you speak of here in the USA. Wow, how naive some people can be when trying to convince others that they are not racist, but....LOL
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    Most blacks live in neighborhoods that resemble a third world country there white chick. Two things you forgot about those african third world countries is famine and murder. Here in America the food stamp program keeps the famine away and I don't think they know what genocide is, but that rape, murder and disease stuff is wide open.
  • by white chick Location: Lenoir Co on May 3, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    I know slavery was wrong. [BLACKS WHERE NOT THE ONLY SLAVES READ THE BIBLE OR PICK UP A HISTORY BOOK] But chew on this. If african americans would have stayed over in the "mother country" they would be in a third world country where genoside, rape, and diesase are commonplace.
  • by DK Location: Greenville on May 3, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    Sorry, but if the NAACP can stand up for their race, then so can I. They want to be equal, then equal is what they will get from me. Like I said, white people wouldnt be sucked in to racial issues like this one if it werent for the NAACP starting trouble. It is their job to start trouble. If they didnt create racism, they wouldnt have a job. If you cant see that, you need to open your eyes.
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