Doug McCullough spent more than three decades in law, serving on both sides of the bench.
The former North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge shares stories about his days as a federal prosecutor and the height of the drug smuggling days of Manuel Noriega, and will visit Clinton to share the account of the drug seizures that eventually lead to the takedown of the Panama dictator.
A book signing for McCullough, author of “Sea of Greed,” will be held May 20, from 2-4 p.m., at the Victor R. Small House. During this event, McCullough will read from the book and have a discussion with the audience. Signed copies will be available for sale.
According to Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Council, “Sea of Greed” tells the true story of the overthrowing of the world’s most notorious drug lord.
“The Sampson Arts Council is proud to promote literary artists, especially since Dr. Victor R. Small was an author and poet,” Donatelli said. “We welcome any author who would like to have a book signing to contact us for more information on partnering for this type of event.”
Local judge Albert Kirby is friends with McCullough and felt it would be a great idea to invite the retired judge to come and hold a book signing.
While serving in the United State’s Attorney’s office for 15 years, McCullough supervised both criminal and civil divisions. He personally tried in excess of 100 criminal jury trials, and his prosecutions have included public corruption, narcotics, conspiracies, fraud, regulatory, health, safety and environmental violations.
While counsel to the Senate Ethics Committee, he served as staff counsel on investigations of Senator Edward Brooke and Senator Herman Talmadge. As legislative counsel to Senator Schmitt, a former astronaut, he coordinated a legislative policy staff of 5-20 people covering virtually every area of legislative interest.
McCullough graduated from Swansboro High School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina.