Black makes second run for Durham D.A. seat

February 2, 2008 8:08:54 AM PST
Former Durham assistant district attorney Freda Black announced she is running for district attorney again.

And she is making one thing clear -- she wants change in the Durham judicial system.

On the steps of the Durham County Courthouse Friday afternoon, Black announced her second run for Durham D.A.

"Today I announce my candidacy for the D.A.'s office," she said.

Black is best known for her assistant D.A. role in the Michael Peterson murder case. Then in 2006, an attempt at the D.A. office ended in defeat.

She narrowly lost to now former D.A. Mike Nifong after he gained national exposure as a result of the Duke Lacrosse case. That case eventually cost him his job.

"I told you during my last speech that the D.A.'s office was more than one case, in one house, on one night," Black said. "The last D.A. will most likely only be known for one case, that happened in one night, in one house."

Now the attorney says there are rumors that her opponents in the race may be assistant D.A.s who worked under Nifong.

"Here is what I have to say about that," Black said. "With lawsuits pending and taxes likely to go up because of the transgressions of that previous administration, I don't know why anyone in that Durham County would want to vote for anyone that had ties to that administration."

Black says she wants out with the old and in with the new in every aspect of the Durham County judicial system.

"The first thing you do is have someone in power in the D.A.'s office that you trust, that's fair, and that has good common sense, and I believe I'm that person," she said. "For a lot of reasons there has been a tremendous impact on the judicial system itself and the way it's perceived."


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