Cooper Picks Acting District Attorney

 

Last updated 5/3/2021 at 2:23pm



Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed R. Andrew Murray, former U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, as the acting district attorney for Prosecutorial District 42, serving Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties.

Murray replaces Gregory A. Newman, who was removed from office by Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin last week.

Appointed in November 2017, Murray oversaw prosecution of violent crimes and other complex corporate and political litigation for the Western District of North Carolina until February 2021, according to a press release from Cooper’s office .


Prior to his tenure in the Western District, he served as the district attorney of Mecklenburg County from 2011 until 2017.

Murray also served as an assistant district attorney in Mecklenburg County after working as a managing partner at Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine, Murray & Greene, with a focus on criminal defense.

He earned his B.A. in political science and government from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a J.D from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Murray enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1980 and resigned as a U.S. Coast Guard reservist after 35 years of service in 2016.

As previously reported, Ervin filed the order for Newman’s removal last Tuesday morning, nearly two weeks after he presided over a hearing to determine if Newman’s prior history of professional misconduct warranted his removal or not.

“It is paramount that the office of district attorney be held in a manner that exemplifies fairness and equal justice under the law,” wrote Judge Ervin in his April 27 order. “Newman, as district attorney, has on four separate occasions made false representations to the trial court or the State Bar. Sheriff (Lowell) Griffin admitted that if a law enforcement officer lied to the court, his career would be over. It is difficult to see why Newman, pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 7A-66 and the facts of this case, should be held to a lower standard.”

Newman served as the top criminal prosecutor for Transylvania, Henderson and Polk counties since he was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory in 2013.

Newman, a Republican, was elected in 2014 and 2018 to the office.

 
 

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