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Do criminal or military courts handle military altercation cases that stem from fights downtown?

Ken Little

Members of the armed forces who commit crimes in Wilmington are prosecuted by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, says Assistant District Attorney Jon David.

“That would be separate and apart from any punishment they may receive from their organization,” David says. “We feel like it is important to hold people accountable for their behavior in the criminal context regardless of who they are or what position they may occupy. No one, certainly, is above the law.”

Sometimes prosecuting members of the military can have complications.

“It does create some practical problems with witness availability or defendant availability because frequently we’re in a situation where people are being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, so it might affect the timing of things depending on their status, but not our ability to move forward,” David says.

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