New DA Lorrin Freeman takes reins in Wake County
While many Wake County residents reveled around the First Night acorn in the first minutes of 2015, Lorrin Freeman, the county’s top prosecutor, went before Chief Magistrate Dexter Williams at the stroke of midnight. Wake County’s first female district attorney took the oath of office in a small ceremony in the home of her father, Franklin Freeman, a former N.C. Supreme Court associate justice. Freeman took the helm of an office that for the previous nine months had been run by Ned Mangum, a District Court judge who served as the interim district attorney after Colon Willoughby, a 27-year veteran, left the office before the end of his elected term. A public ceremony was held in the Wake County courthouse on Friday.
Donald Stephens, the county’s chief resident Superior Court judge, and Robert B. Rader, chief District Court judge for the 10th judicial district, presided over the event in courtroom 701. Freeman, the county’s clerk of court for the past eight years, is no stranger in the Wake County courthouse. In her new role, Freeman said she expects to see the Wake County justice system from a different perch. Freeman plans to employ administrative skills she used as the county’s clerk of courts and continue her push to update the courthouse technology.
Like many in the state courts, Freeman knows about the financial belt-tightening that has taken place in recent years. Over the past year, Wake County has seen double the number of DWI cases, due in large part to local police departments receiving federal grants for a new DWI task force team in Raleigh and stepped-up efforts in other Wake towns and cities. Freeman hopes to meet in the coming weeks with all the police chiefs in Wake County and continue to get to know the 65 lawyers, investigators, victim assistants and others in the D.A.’s office. Jennifer Knox, a Wake County district judge for almost a decade, became the new clerk of court.
N.C. OCME Frequently Asked Questions
During preliminary investigations, a medical examiner may find sufficient evidence that the death does not fall under medical examiner jurisdiction and it is then the responsibility of the primary care physician to sign the death certificate. If jurisdiction is accepted, the medical examiner will perform an examination of the body and make inquiries about the circumstances of the death. In some circumstances, such as when an autopsy is required as part of the death investigation, the decedent may have to be transported to a designated regional facility for examination. A full external and internal examination may be required to determine the cause and manner of death, but in some cases, an external examination may be all that is necessary. In some instances of suspicious death or identification issues, a decedent may be held at the Medical Examiner’s Office for a longer period of time.
As part of the autopsy, the pathologist may take biological samples such as blood, other body fluids, and tissues for further study in an effort to determine the cause and manner of death. The transporter who brought the body to the regional facility may also return it to the county of death for pick up at a local hospital or morgue. Copies of death certificates and/or supplemental death certificates are not issued by the OCME and may be obtained from the Register of Deeds Office in the county where the death occurred or the State Vital Records Office. Anyone can obtain copies of the death certificate from vital records for a fee. Funeral homes can assist you in the process of obtaining copies of the death certificate.
A death certificate is completed by the assigned county medical examiner. If a person dies in Wake County and the death falls under medical examiner jurisdiction, the Wake County medical examiner assigned to the case would be responsible for the death certificate.
Having practiced for the last decade, Jeremiah Jackson has seen both high and low water marks of the real estate industry. He focuses his practice primarily on residential real estate, the formation of corporate entities for ownership of real estate, the representation of various lenders, real estate purchases and refinances, construction transactions, acquisitions, title curative work, and contract drafting. Mr. Jackson is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Carolina Beach. He graduated with honors from North Carolina State University with a B.A.
in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Political Philosophy. Mr. Jackson then obtained his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She focuses her practice on real estate, estate planning, probate and estate administration, and business representation.
She received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her law degree from Campbell Law School. William I. Rankin, II. Will primarily focuses his practice of law on residential real estate closings. During law school, Will was selected to be on the Bio.technology and Pharmaceutical Law Review where he was a Senior Editor and received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution after completing a clinic with the Dispute Resolution Institute.
When Will is not practicing law, he enjoys playing golf and basketball, spending time with his family and friends, and taking trips to North Carolina’s beaches and mountains. Danielle, a native of Raleigh, joined the Jackson Law team in January of 2018 where she focuses her practice on residential real estate transactions, title curative work, and contract drafting. Most recently, she received her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law where she also obtained a Business Law Certificate.