Allegations of Corruption Attempt in North Carolina Judicial Race

A candidate for a Superior Court judgeship in North Carolina was indicted this week on charges she attempted to make a $20,000 campaign contribution to the campaign of Davidson District Court Judge April Wood, to induce the judge’s husband to drop out of his race for the same Superior Court judgeship, according to news accounts.

The defendant is Wendy Joyce Terry, according to The Winston-Salem Journal and The-Dispatch.com. She resigned her job as a veteran prosecutor in Davidson County.

In a Greensboro News & Record blog, Doug Clark wrote, “I’ve expressed concerns — so have others — about the possible corrupting influence of campaign money in judicial elections. It’s a good thing this didn’t become a textbook example.”