Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bill Belk: The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Anyone remember the Saturday Night Live horror film parody with John Belushi as "The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave"? Belushi played a guest who wouldn’t take any of his hosts' many hints that they wanted him to go home. Now, Charlotte has its own TTWL. It’s called Bill Belk. That’s right, just when you thought Belk, aka Judge Richie Rich,  was gone from public view since he was removed from his job as a district court judge, he’s back again.

Former Judge Rich, um, Belk is now asking the N.C. Supreme Court to throw out the ruling by the state’s Judicial Standards Commission, and, oh, by the way, he now wants us all to know that he has cancer. You can read more about Belk’s latest round of showboating here, but underneath the legalese jargon, the essence of the story is that Belk wants his judge gig back because he doesn’t have health insurance. It’s an unexpected revelation, as one of the reasons Belk was dumped was his refusal to resign from the board of Sonic Automotive, which he said provided him with health insurance. In any case, Belk’s appeal to the Supreme Court doesn’t contain any new information related to the original case, particularly since he now admits he was guilty of one of the charges against him, yelling and cursing at Chief District Judge Lisa Bell.

Judge Belk arriving at his judicial hearing
  • Judge Belk arriving at his judicial hearing

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