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Ex-Judge to Ask State Bar to Reinstate Law License

Posted April 26, 2007

— Garey Ballance, a former district court judge who spent time in prison, wants his law license reinstated. He is expected to make the request before the State Bar Thursday morning.

Ballance pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 2005. The charges involved the use of state money that went to purchase a luxury sport utility vehicle.  Prosecutors charged the money was funneled from Ballance's father, former U.S .Congressman Frank Ballance.

Ballance was released from prison in August 2006 after serving nine months behind bars. He spent that time in the same facility as his father who is serving a 4-year sentence for mail fraud and money laundering.

Garey Ballance said he used the time to focus on the positive.

"As an adult, you sort of get away from your parents and you don't spend as much time with them. But I got to spend time with him and given the fact that he's still there, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with him," he said.

The State Bar temporarily stripped Ballance of his law license last year. The hearing is expected to start at 10 a.m. and it is expected to last two days.

In addition to practicing law, Ballance said he has not ruled out a run for public office.


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  • Rebel Apr 27, 2007

    Convicted felons (and race is irrevelant) should not be allowed to practice law. There are too many chances for the less than honest to appropriate money from clients (can you say James Etheridge?).

  • satt Apr 27, 2007

    private practise alright,a client can make their own choice;but a judge, that might be pushing it a little far(EVEN THOUGH WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS)...

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Apr 27, 2007

    Now who would make a better judge than an ex-con. Kind of like making a murderer a doctor because he knows what makes people hurt.

  • billengr99 Apr 26, 2007

    Is a convicted felon in NC still allowed to practice law and keep a law license? Once you commit a felony that should be it, you should be barred from practicing law FOREVER.

    These judges honestly don't believe that any of the laws apply to them. They all think they are above the law and can do anything they want. Seems like more and more judges are just slime balls. I guess that is what you get when one of the requirements for the job is being a lawyer.

  • gjp032 Apr 26, 2007

    What a joke.
    This just shows how pompous some in the law field are.
    Let me ask you a question:
    If a cop gets a DWI, pleads guilty, will he be able to get another job as a cop?
    NO, and they shouldn't.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Apr 26, 2007

    I'm sorry, mabye served prison time is extreme. judge Greg Mathis (and yes he is black) ahd plenty of run ins with the law before he became a judge. There are some others who had less then perfect past BEFORE they became judges.
    This man does not deserve the priveledge of being a judge let alone practicing law.

  • bigjim835 Apr 26, 2007

    This has got to be a joke. No way can this man even think he can get his law licenses back after pulling prison time. His daddy is sill serving time for the same crimes. I don't care if he is black, white, red or purple who can trust him now. Oh, maybe the justice brothers, Sharpton and Jackson, will hire him if he is successful.

  • Low Voltage Apr 26, 2007

    Snoop Dawg, maybe 'Lil Kim?


    IT'S A JOKE!!!!

  • anonemoose Apr 26, 2007

    Miss Turner, can you please provide us with names of these fine upstanding Judges that have spent time in prison?

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Apr 26, 2007

    Once again people GET OFF THE WHOLE AL AND JESSEE TIP!!!!

    This has nothing to do with them or Race.
    Speaking from and tax paying, strong, educated, law abiding (except minor road rage) black WOMAN:
    There are lot's of Judges who were once in and out of the prison system before they changed their lives and became judges. But to have a judge break the law and then try to come back and practice law doesn't seem quite right. His rep is tarnished and he made a mockery of one the highest positions of law the general public respects. So NO! NO! and Heck NO1