Independent Panel To Investigate Easley Records

The state Highway Patrol has appointed an independent panel of attorneys to investigate why the agency has missing travel records from 2005.

Reuben Young, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, said Wednesday that he and Gov. Beverly Perdue "are determined to do everything in our power to find the answers regarding the 2005 records."

Perdue said it's "unacceptable" that the records have not been recovered. An internal inquiry, followed by an internal affairs investigation, had determined that Capt. Alan Melvin had not intended to remove or destroy the records.

Melvin was head of former Gov. Mike Easley's security detail. Federal authorities investigating Easley subpoenaed Melvin to testify before a grand jury in May.

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  • by hope Location: NC on Aug 27, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    Do NOT let him "get off scott free". Americans are waking up & beginning to really pay attention to what these elected ones are doing. Americans want to see those sleazy politicians held accountable for their wrong doings. Send a STRONG message that we are not going to take the status quo any longer. If the law man acted inappropriately then he needs to be held accountable as well. NO ONE should be above the law.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Aug 26, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    Don't worry concerned, There is no such thing as an "independant panel of attorneys". I'm sure he will "get off" scott free. When he should do jail time.
  • by The Last Boy Scout Location: Arapahoe on Aug 26, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    One or two days after it is announced that the trooper who "lost" these travel records will keep his job, Bev Perdue comes out with the announcement that she has selected a three person panal of distinquished (democrats) individuals to look into the missing records...basically a repeat of the same "looking into" that the Highway Patrol just completed. Lies...lies...lies. What dirt does Trooper Alan Melvin have on these people that is securing his job? Ok Trooper Melvin, enough is enough. Who told you to dispose of these records and when did you do it? Don't they have whistle blower laws to protect this guy? A few years ago the NCSHP was distinquished...they even won an award for the best uniform in America. No more my friend. The philosophy of dishonesty starts at the top and trickles down.
  • by concerned Location: windsor on Aug 26, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    Why don't they just leave well enough alone. I don't know what Easley has or has not done, but if they are going to investigate him, they need to investigate a whole lot more in politics. The majority of them will take advantage of the system, he is not by himself

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