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Supporters rally for former Pitt County ADA and voter's rights

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Supporters of an ex-assistant district attorney now running for district judge in Pitt County held a  rally on Sunday.

More than 60 people showed up at the Pitt County Courthouse for the rally. 

Supporters say it's to expose the unfair treatment Faris Dixon is getting after winning his May primary.

Days after he won, District Attorney Kimberly Robb fired Dixon for "failing to discharge the duties of his office."
Organizers and supporters say the rally wasn't' just about Dixon. They say he is the latest victim of smear campaigns to try and take away people's right to vote in their candidate of choice.  

"We say that's more than a coincidence. This is an attack on our ability to choose our own candidate," said Rally organizer Don Cavellini , "Its happened to black and white candidates in office, and this is abridgement of our democratic rights."

Dixon's dismissal launched an SBI investigation, which the SBI says Robb requested.

Supporters of Dixon say Robb's actions are politically motivated and premature and say she should've have waited until the investigation was over.

“It's not just a bereavement of his rights and his ability to be the first African-American judge in Pitt County,” said Don Cavellini, Pitt Co. Residents for Democracy. “The entire community is outraged by this because the next time it could be them.”

Dixon did not attend Sunday's rally.
9 On Your Side asked Robb to comment, but says she can't because this is an ongoing investigation.

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An assistant district attorney fired on Wednesday is now at the center of a SBI investigation.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation says it was called in to investigate allegations against former Pitt County ADA Faris Dixon.  A SBI spokeswoman says they received a request from Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb on Wednesday.

Robb alleges Dixon of  "failing to discharge the duties of his office."  Robb fired Dixon on Wednesday. Dixon is the winner of last week's Pitt County district court judge primary.  

9 On Your Side is still waiting to hear back from Dixon on these new developments.

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Faris Dixon, a long time assistant district attorney and current candidate for District Court Judge has been fired from his position at the District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Kimberly Robb confirms Dixon is no longer employed by her office and gave no reason for the termination. 

Dixon won the primary last week against Daniel Enzminger. He will face incumbent Judge Lee Teague in the November general election for the seat.

In response to his firing, Dixon told 9 On Your Side, " I wish to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to the people of Pitt County.  I have practiced law for 22 years and worked in the District Attorney’s office for more than 13 years.  That dedication was rewarded last week with a great victory."
"I will in no way allow this to interfere with my campaign for District Court Judge," said Dixon. "I will continue to seek to serve the people of Pitt County and will rely on all citizens to continue to support the campaign.  We will move forward.  Additional information will be forthcoming. "
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