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Since he first started prosecuting cases here as an intern in 1996, Sean Boone has been a constant presence in the Alamance County criminal court system. In that time, he has been able to observe our local court system at work; more importantly, however, he has been privileged to work with all of the people who make up the court system: clerks, bailiffs, law enforcement officers, judges, probation officers, and many others who serve our county. With two decades of experiences, relationships and observations from which to work, Sean has an expansive vision for making Alamance County safe again, and it begins with these issues.       

Leading in the Courtroom

Sean has more prosecution experience than any attorney currently working in the Alamance County District Attorney's Office. He will put his experience to work in the courtrooms for us, leading by example as your District Attorney and personally prosecuting the most serious trials, including First Degree Murder cases and all death penalty cases.  

In the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts most recent fiscal year statistics, 2016-2017, Alamance County tried the fewest jury trials in its courts this century, just 16. And it did so while having the most prosecutors in its history, 15 lawyers.
Sean will turn this around.  He has the experience and the work ethic to bring our trial numbers back up, and a look back at our history supports this goal. 10 years ago, in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, Alamance County under District Attorney Rob Johnson had just 11 prosecutors, yet conducted 42 jury trials in that 12 month span. Sean personally tried 2 murder cases in that period. It can be done. Alamance County does not have to settle for less, and Sean will lead by example to see that we do not.  



Educating our Prosecutors

As a young prosecutor, Sean was blessed to have more experienced prosecutors and their knowledge at his disposal when he was learning how to prosecute cases and conduct jury trials. On three occasions, Sean worked with more experienced prosecutors in First Degree Murder trials. Such valuable experience is gained only in the courtroom, and it prepared Sean to successfully try violent criminals for many years after.

 Much like his own training, Sean will actively promote courtroom education, something he is well-qualified to do. Sean has been trained by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys to train other prosecutors, and has presented at their Continuing Legal Education summer conference. Additionally, Sean has been recognized by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law, a distinction held by under 250 attorneys statewide. He will teach the less experienced prosecutors how to try difficult cases by having them work as co-counsel with him as he prepares and prosecutes jury trials. Sean's dedication to training our prosecutors will benefit our courts for years to come. 

Limiting Plea Bargains

In a county where thousands of cases come through our court system, plea bargains are recognized as a necessary tool of the judicial system to prevent overwhelming backlogs and delays in justice; however, plea bargains should not undercut the cause of justice or compromise the public's faith in our courts. An experienced prosecutor knows when a plea bargain will do just that.

Sean Boone has the trial experience to know when a plea is appropriate or not, and victims of violent crime and their families can trust Sean to guide them to a just result. The decision to go to trial or not also impacts others beyond the victim's immediate family, and Sean recognizes the wide-ranging effects of a prosecutor's decision.

Once a case is scheduled for trial, and victims, jurors, & witnesses have been obligated to make sacrifices to attend,  the time for plea bargains is over. Sean will see trials through to the end. In 14 murder cases he has tried, Sean never stopped during the course of the trial to take a plea bargain. When the case is called for trial, Sean understands that he is not spending his own time; he is spending that of every victim, witness, juror, and citizen. As District Attorney, he will continue to place people before plea bargains. 

Law Enforcement Relations

As a young prosecutor, Sean quickly learned that the most valuable lessons for the courtroom were learned outside of court, from watching officers at work. He spent many nights doing ride-alongs with local departments and the Highway Patrol, observing search warrants being executed, and going to new homicide scenes in order to provide legal assistance if needed. 

All of the time spent with officers in the field made Sean a better trial prosecutor in two very important respects: First, he learned to appreciate the many challenges they face when investigating cases, which allowed him to better explain their work to a jury and thus prevent attorneys from exploiting these challenges in order to free the guilty.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, Sean saw firsthand that law enforcement officers' time and resources are limited. Officers work on many cases at once, including some which have already been submitted to the District Attorney's Office. In those cases, it’s the District Attorney’s responsibility to use officer time wisely. The difference between an inexperienced prosecutor who imprudently hopes to build the perfect case, and the experienced prosecutor who knows how to obtain a conviction, can be measured by the additional legwork and paperwork required of officers. Our law enforcement community can trust Sean Boone to value their time and resources.

For almost two decades, Sean worked closely with law enforcement in our courts, preparing hundreds of their cases for trial and literally sitting side by side with officers in the courtroom to secure guilty verdicts in many serious felony cases. This work ethic allowed Sean to forge lifelong friendships with the men and women who have protected Alamance County over the last 20 years; they have seen firsthand that Sean will not only take care of their cases, he will take care of them in court. 

As District Attorney, Sean will work hard to continue to earn the trust of new generations of law enforcement officers. 

The Nadolski Conviction Myth

The North Carolina Administrative Office of Courts does not recognize "Conviction rates" as a measurable statistic. 

Sean Boone For District Attorney
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