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High Court: Ballance Can't Retake Bench

Posted May 4, 2007

— The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld the disbarment and removal from the bench of former judge Garey Ballance.

The move means Ballance is disqualified from becoming a judge again and is ineligible for state retirement benefits. He had been a district judge in Warren, Franklin, Vance and Granville counties.

Ballance served a federal prison sentence for failing to report $20,000 in income. The money came from an anti-drug foundation created by his father, former Congressman Frank Ballance, who pleaded guilty to diverting tax money from the foundation to his law firm and personal funds.

Garey Ballance last month asked the North Carolina State Bar to reinstate his law license. The Bar's disciplinary committee suspended his license for five years, but gave him credit for an interim suspension, meaning he can practice law again in 2010.


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  • FragmentFour May 6, 2007

    "I am sure that the NAACp will scream discrimination about it though." -- refiman

    Not a chance.

  • Rebel May 5, 2007

    Every ethical lawyer (and there are some) should be vigilant to be sure these convicted felons never regain a license to practice law.

  • SANDHILL May 5, 2007

    It was dirty money to begin with, allowing him to practice law again is rediculous. He admitted he was a crook when he entered a guilty plea, probably for a lighter sentence.

  • refiman May 5, 2007

    Really, did anyone expect a different answer. i can't beleive he actually took this before a judge. I am sure that the NAACp will scream discrimination about it though.

  • Trooper May 5, 2007

    I don't think that if I needed a lawyer I would hire a convicted felon, I know that the Police don't hire felons, and very few businesses. The reason is probably that the lawyers are felons also but some have not been convicted yet.

    I don't believe that he should ever be allowed in a court room except as a defendant!!!

  • shine May 5, 2007


    Do they make them take ethics classes? really?

  • Tax Man May 5, 2007

    Think he needs to retake the Ethics classes. Bet if the IRS were to look hard at his taxes they could send him away for life - what a crook - just like his daddy. I guess Jim Black will be attending law school by correspondence while in prison so he can be a good old NC lawyer when he gets out. State Bar will probably waive the Bar Exam for him if he contributes enough to their Bar Foundation.

  • yruatwit May 4, 2007

    The State Bar Exam must include some wording that implies that lawyers, judges and others in the legal profession are "above the law."

  • redant May 4, 2007

    The Judge is a Thug

  • Doctor Dataclerk May 4, 2007

    Maybe our State Supreme Court is Fair and "Ballanced" after all. I think he should have to work in fast food the rest of his life, but would probably steal them blind.