GRAHAM, NC — The billboard on Interstate 40-85 of the district attorney and the sheriff is being used as evidence that two men charged with assaulting law-enforcement officers, including the sheriff, cannot get a fair trial in Alamance County or from its chief prosecutor.
Rann Baron — sometimes also spelled Bar-On — of 201 N. Drive St., Durham, and William Hood of 145 Kingsbury Drive, Chapel Hill, appeared Monday, Oct. 9, in Alamance County Superior Court on charges of assaulting law-enforcement officers May 20 while protesting a Confederate Memorial Day rally at the Old Courthouse.
Their new lawyer, Scott Holmes, a professor at N.C. Central University School of Law, asked for and got a continuance to Nov. 27. Holmes also drafted motions in both cases, including ones to move the case out of Alamance County to give his clients a chance at a fair trial, and for Alamance County District Attorney Pat Nadolski recuse himself from the case because of his personal and professional relationship with Sheriff Terry Johnson, whom Baron is charged with assaulting, violates due process rights.
“It violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment for the prosecuting attorney as an officer of Court in a quasi-judicial position to prosecute a case in which he has a close personal and political relationship with the victim of the crime,” the motion reads….