A Wake County judge is expected to hear arguments Friday morning in the criminal cases against two former campaign associates of Gov. Bev Perdue.
Attorneys for Trawick "Buzzy" Stubbs and Julia Leigh Sitton are asking the judge to dismiss charges of obstruction of justice and causing the filing of false reports stemming from an campaign finance investigation into the Perdue's 2008 campaign.
The indictments allege that Stubbs, a major donor, caused the Perdue campaign to file false reports that did not disclose roughly $28,000 in campaign flights. Stubbs reported the flights as expenditures to the N.C. Democratic Party, when he knew that the flights benefited Perdue, the indictment said.
Sitton worked for the campaign but was paid $32,000 off-the-books by the campaign's chief fundraiser, Peter Reichard.
Reichard pleaded guilty in December to obstruction of justice and received a $25,000 fine and probation.
Defense attorneys want the judge to dismiss the charges because they assert that Perdue's campaign is the one responsible for not accurately reporting its campaign flights and expenditures -- not their clients, Stubbs and Sitton. Check back later for more updates.