Charlotte Attorney Marshall Basinger, who represented Judge Bill Belk at the first part of his hearing this month, says Belk not only hasn't paid him for all his work but hasn't paid the travel expenses for he and three clerks.
Basinger has asked the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission for permission to withdraw as Belk's attorney.
In an email to the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission, Basinger described the scene Monday afternoon when Belk arrived at his office just as he prepared to step out to notarize his withdrawal request.
“In the few minutes I was gone,” he wrote, “Judge Belk removed our ‘box' that contains virtually all of our materials and files used in this hearing and did so without my knowledge nor the consent of anyone in my office.”
Here is Basinger's motion to withdraw.
Click here to read the motion.
Belk could not be reached. If he doesn't consent to Basinger's request, there will be a hearing by the Judicial Standards Commission on the lawyer's withdrawal Wednesday morning before the start of Belk's own hearing.
- Jim Morrill