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N.C. District 8 - Judge David B. Brantley - Issues/Complaints

Complaints related to David B. Brantley - Chief District Court Judge of N.C. District 8 [Greene, Lenoir and Wayne counties]

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This forum is designed to encourage judicial reform. Justice is a right of all citizens not just a privilege of the wealthy and powerful.

Please feel free to post any comments that reveal defects in judgment or abuse of power related to the commission listed above. We also encourage posting issues related to unjust laws (keep in mind that there is a difference between a bad law and a bad judge).

If you are bursting with emotion and feel a need to rant/rave, please feel free (add "RANT" as the first line of your post).

Be aware that most judges have a difficult job and they do well in most instances -- if a mistake was made, the best method of preventing future mistakes of a similar nature is adopting a calm, long-term resolution to correct the error and applying pressure on the judicial system through legitimate sources.

Also, be aware that any posts that are libelous or harassing are prohibited on this site - keep in mind during any rants that describing your feelings about injustices is fine, however, allegations of wrongdoing should be supported by facts.

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Posted by: Why on 03-11-2013

Judge David B. Brantley, North Carolina 8th Circuit Court, took two happy children away from there mother to live with there unstable father. The mother in the case, was never given a fair chance as Judge Brantley continued to allow the father's lawyer, Shelby Benton of Goldsboro, to berate the mother and imply that she is a prostitute simply because she worked at a bar. Judge Brantley continues to favor Shelby Benton in her cases, so often almost that you'd think they were having an affair on the side. Not only did Judge Brantley not listen to the mother of the case or consider her situation as she did not have a lawyer present, he also made his own accusations and took everything the father's attorney said as the truth and nothing but. The father in the case is a former drug addict, who still uses drugs now, and has also abused his children both mentally and physically. Judge Brantley chose such an environment for them to live in, because he chooses to be blind to any one who does not have Shelby Benton as their attorney.

Judge Brantley has also made rulings against veterans. An Iraq war vet, who separated and lived in Goldsboro, NC was taken to court for divorce with his now ex-wife. She was requesting that she receive a portion of his VA disability benefits that only he is supposed to be entitled to, as he served our country and fought for our freedom. The man came back scarred and a 100% changed man who will need treatment for the rest of his life due to post-traumatic stress and other injuries associated with his service. His only sources of income are his VA disability and social security benefits that he has rightfully earned and that his ex-wife has nothing to do with. It also states in the law that a former spouse is not entitled to a veteran's VA disability benefits as it is not a divisible asset. Judge Brantley blatantly disregarded the law and ruled in the ex-wife's favor awarding her a portion of the veteran's disability compensation. This woman was of course represented by Shelby Benton. Judge Brantley is a corrupt judge with inappropriate relations with a lawyer whom he sees in the courtroom on a regular basis. Judge Brantley needs to be held accountable for his actions and should not be allowed to oversee any case in the United States of America.

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