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Quietly, quickly wrong way to resolve Lumbee dispute

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To the Editor,


I wish to respond to the article by staff writer Bob Shiles published on Nov. 26 and titled “Tribal officials told to cool off.”


Judge Herbert L Richardson is reported to have said that he “agreed to a list of temporary actions submitted by District Attorney Johnson Britt and Brooks’ attorney, former state Sen. Tony Rand, that if adhered to by both parties would resolve the case.” Rand is reported to have said, “This would be a 45-day cooling off period that will allow both sides to look at the situation. Rand told the judge, “We want this to be resolved quietly and quickly for the benefit of the Lumbee people”


With all due respect to Judge Richardson, it is not the state of North Carolina’s right to lecture paternalistically the Lumbee participants to “behave” when a criminal case between the two should be the issue. I would submit the following — “quietly and quickly for the benefit of the Lumbee People” could be interpreted that someone does not want to lie under oath, and I wonder if Lumbee tribal funds are being spent to defend a man who is charge with a criminal matter, which does not come under his job description.


Fairness for all the people of North Carolina would be to have this case tried in the courts rather than have “it resolved quietly and quickly for the benefit of the Lumbee people” in my opinion.


Justice cries out to be done.


Samuel Kerns


Lumberton

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