Thursday, April 23, 2009

WTF? 'Bought' courts?!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Alright. Let's be proactive about this situation.

1) Judge Bill Belk needs a psych evaluation, stat.

2) Suggesting Charlotte lawyers have "bought" the N.C. Supreme Court is a serious allegation that must be investigated — immediately — regardless of how off-base Belk may, or may not, be.

Mecklenburg District Judge Bill Belk waded deeper into controversy this week, saying the chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court had been “bought” by Charlotte lawyers.

Belk, who already faces a misconduct hearing before the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission, made the comment Sunday night to Charlotte's Black Political Caucus, according to several members who attended.

Belk told the group N.C. Chief Justice Sarah Parker was “bought” by Charlotte lawyers including Bill Diehl, according to several caucus members. He said Parker, a Democrat, bypassed more experienced Democrats in December when she appointed Republican Lisa Bell as Mecklenburg's chief district judge.

According to a statement of charges: Belk chastised Bell after she declined his request for time off to attend a corporate board meeting. He called her a “political hack” and acted in a “threatening and abusive manner.” He also suggested Bell had been named chief judge “so she could screw him over,” the charges said.

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer article here.

Watch Judge Belk talk about court system abuse on Fox News before last year's election, where they suggest he sound "bitter" and that he ran for election for personal reasons:

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