New indictment in NC judge bribery case

File/Judge Arnold Jones

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Federal prosecutors were back in court this week filing a new indictment against a Wayne County judge in a bribery case.

They filed a new indictment against Judge Arnold O. Jones II on Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said the defense filed a motion to dismiss the original indictment. But the government’s response filed on Friday asks for the court to call the defense’s motion moot.

The senior resident Superior Court judge in the Wayne, Lenoir, and Greene county districts first faced an indictment on bribery claims in November 2015. He served as chairman of the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission at the time.

The indictment filed this week includes essentially the same charges as the original, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors claim in 2015 Jones promised and offered an FBI agent cases of beer and cash to get a record of Jones’s wife’s text messages. The messages were between her and a man. They claim Jones wanted this “just for him”.

In November 2015, prosecutors claim Jones gave the agent $100 in cash. The meeting was recorded.

Jones ran for re-election for his current district in the March 2016 primary. Jones received enough votes to go on and appear on the ballot in November’s election.

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