Plea negotiations under way after Perdue campaign indictments

Staff writerDecember 12, 2011 

Gov. Bev Perdue's former campaign finance director is negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors after being indicted by a grand jury for obstruction of justice.

The case against Peter Reichard landed in Wake County court for the first time this morning but the hearing was continued to Wednesday so prosecutor Colon Willoughby and defense attorney Hart Miles could finalize plea negotiations.

An attorney for Trawick "Buzzy" Stubbs, a Perdue donor indicted for obstruction of justice and causing the filing of false reports, also appeared in court. David Long said he is reviewing the evidence before his client will make a formal plea. Stubbs is expected to plead not guilty.

The third Perdue associate expected in court is Juleigh Sitton, who was also indicted after a campaign finance investigation. She faces charges of obstruction of justice and causing the filing of false reports. Her attorney, Joe Zeszotarski, did not return a call seeking comment.

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