William B. Crumpler: Praiseworthy Stephens

December 11, 2012 

Praiseworthy Stephens

As an appellate attorney in the N.C. Department of Justice before my retirement in 2009, I had many opportunities to consider the competency of trial judges throughout the state based on appellate records and discussions with lawyers. I know both Judge Don Stephens and Judge Abe Jones, and Jones’s replacement, Bryan Collins.

Earlier when I was in private practice, I was one of the “good ol’ boys” who gladly worked in Stephens’ campaign when Art Zeidman ran against him (Dec. 5 letter). Zeidman’s sore loser complaint about Stephens’ “arrogance and mean spirit” is utterly unfounded and mean-spirited of itself.

Stephens has handled extremely difficult cases in Wake County with greater aplomb than most judges could have done. I have heard nothing but praise for his work and have seen nothing but excellence in his work.

North Carolina is fortunate to have a jurist like Stephens and a new judge like Collins.

William B. Crumpler


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