Deadliest DA' remembered for substance, style

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Willets, Sarah. “’Deadliest DA’ remembered for substance, style.” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC). April 7, 2016


Joe Freeman Britt passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Britt was the District Attorney representing Robeson and Scotland counties from 1974 to 1988.

Before becoming a lawyer, Britt was in the army, earning full colonel status in the reserves years later. After returning, he attended Wake Forest University, the University of Tennessee, and Stetson University before coming back to his home area and becoming the District Attorney. In 1988, Britt left to hold a judgeship for the State Superior Court until 1997.

After his run on the Superior Court, Britt joined a personal injury law firm, eventually retiring in 2006. In total, he held his license for 53 years.

Outside the courtroom, Britt was the President of the North Carolina District Attorneys Association and President of the 16th Judicial Bar Association. He was also a trustee of Pembroke State University and was on the Executive Board of the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America.

A polarizing figure, Britt was known for his dramatic command of courtrooms. He even had a segment on 60 Minutes about him and was in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Deadliest DA.”

Britt passed away at 80 years of age. 

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