White-Collar Crime

Ex-prosecutor indicted over alleged text offer to pay $20K to get opponent to exit judicial campaign

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A now-former longtime prosecutor in Davidson County, North Carolina, was indicted Tuesday, accused of texting an offer to pay $20,000 to get an opponent to drop out of an election for a superior court seat.

Wendy Joyce Terry, 43, was placed on administrative leave after the alleged July 23 incident and resigned from her job Tuesday. She worked for the DA’s office for a decade and is married to a Judge Carlton Terry of state district court, according to WXII.

The six count indictment alleges that Wendy Terry sent a text message to district court Judge April Wood, offering Wood a $20,000 campaign contribution if she persuaded her husband, Jeffrey Berg, not to run in 2016 for the same superior court seat that Wendy Terry was seeking. The district court seat at issue serves Davidson and Davie counties.

State law limits campaign contributions to $5,100, the WXII article notes.

Charges against Terry include a felony obstruction count and two counts of buying and selling offices, also felonies.

The Winston-Salem Journal and the Associated Press also have stories..

None of the articles includes any comment from Wendy Terry or her counsel.

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