Mecklenburg District Attorney

Mecklenburg District Attorney Spencer Merriweather (right) and lawyer Benjamin Crump field questions at a forum hosted by the Mecklenburg County chapter of the NAACP.
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Two attorneys who are used to being on different sides of the courtroom shard a stage Monday night: Mecklenburg County’s first black District Attorney Spencer Merriweather and Benjamin Crump, a lawyer who has represented families of victims in a number of highly-publicized killings of African Americans. The forum was hosted by the Mecklenburg County chapter of the NAACP. There was some disagreement, but the two had several areas of common ground. 

This week prosecutor Andrew Murray switched courthouses from Mecklenburg County’s to the U.S. district courthouse down the street. Murray is now the top federal prosecutor for Mecklenburg and 31 other counties. He talked about his priorities in his new role as U.S attorney for North Carolina’s Western District and reflected on his seven years as district attorney.