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DA: Sheriff ‘unprofessional’ in accusations toward challenger

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown is under fire after making what the district attorney called “unprofessional accusations” toward his opponent.

During a phone conversation, Brown accused opponent Hans Miller of being linked to recent bomb threats in the county. The sheriff said a suspect arrested for a bomb threat told him Miller was connected to them.

The district attorney investigated, but found no evidence to support that claim.

“I do not condone the actions or words of Sheriff Brown during his phone call to Hans Miller on April 11, 2014,” DA Ernie Lee said. “I find those actions and words to be unprofessional and to reflect unfavorably upon Sheriff Brown.”

Lee went onto say though he did not agree with the accusations, the sheriff’s actions were not illegal, because they were protected by the First Amendment.

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