Candy Cane Prosecutor Update
Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank handed Assistant District Attorney Jamie Gentry LaPrad a pink slip to go with her candy cane, but only some months after fellow prosecutor—and fellow Frank underling—Alan Martin petitioned the Mecklenburg County courts for a restraining order against LaPrad, according to The Dispatch.
LaPrad was “released from her duties,” as The Dispatch puts it, on August 27, 2014, under an “involuntary separation.”
Jamie LaPrad’s dismissal leaves lingering questions, concerns
Why Davidson County’s top law enforcement officer took so long to get rid of LaPrad is as baffling as it is concerning. Martin’s court filings not only are a matter of public record but—by that very fact—furnished adequate grounds to investigate and promptly address this matter. More to the point, Frank’s belated move does nothing to restore public confidence in LaPrad’s inherently suspect pre-dismissal performance representing the State of North Carolina in criminal proceedings.
Without exception, Martin’s filings unveil a very dark and troubled public official. But they further unveil a cavalier willingness to disregard the law.
To cite but one example, the complaint quotes LaPrad as having made credible threats to
- (1) castrate the man who rejected her (a felony in North Carolina), and
- (2) portend malfeasance on both Martin’s new romantic interest and her family (likely a serious misdemeanor).
And this all appears to have stemmed from LaPrad simply not getting her way.
On the whole, this leaves serious questions not only about LaPrad’s (dis-)respecting the law but also about how LaPrad, as a minister of justice, dealt with defeat.
This is a follow-up to our earlier post on North Carolina’s Candy Cane Prosecutor, Jamie LaPrad. Martin’s court filings are included in that post.