Charlotte seoes lawyer: ‘I will continue to do the right thing’
Lawyers in North Carolina are facing a barrage of calls from angry constituents after a judge ruled that Charlotte-Mecklenburg-High Point lawyer Thomas Meek was not allowed to represent a man accused of stealing a woman’s phone and a camera during a break-in at his home.
Read moreThe decision by the State Bar of North Carolina’s Supreme Court, which is reviewing the case of James Thomas, was the latest setback for Meek, who has represented dozens of defendants in sexual assault cases across the state, including several who have been charged with rape.
A lawyer representing Thomas on Monday told News24 that the ruling “shows a lack of respect for a woman who has made a life for herself by protecting others and defending herself.
The court’s decision means that we will not be able to represent James on the criminal charges of felony burglary, felony voyeurism, felony tampering with evidence, felony criminal mischief, felony domestic violence, misdemeanor criminal trespass, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor drug possession, misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor resisting a public servant, among others.
The lawyer also said that he will continue his fight against the state’s sexual misconduct law.
Read More”The State Bar’s decision does not protect the right to defend yourself and that is the right of the people of North Carolinians to have the right lawyer,” attorney Brian Wiegert said.
Meek, a Democrat who has been a regular plaintiff in sexual-assault cases in the state for more than a decade, has been in hot water in the wake of a video of him arguing that the law protects the right not to speak out.
Thomas, a Republican, told the Raleigh News & Observer that the video “makes it very clear to me that he is trying to intimidate me into silence.
I’m not going to back down from the fact that this is a woman.
And that’s what the law is about.
I think this is going to cost me a lot of time in court and a lot more money.
“Thomas said the state has also refused to release the name of the woman in the video, saying that her name is protected by state law and that it was a matter of state privacy.
Wiegert has filed a civil lawsuit against the State Attorney General’s office and Meek’s attorneys, seeking to have those offices named in the suit.”
And I have no doubt that the State’s Attorney General will find the attorney general is biased against Thomas. “
I’ve been in the bar for many years.
Thomas has said he was targeted because of his opposition to sexual assault laws, which he believes allow people to refuse to report sexual assault and punish people who have “falsely accused” other people of rape.”
The State is trying in every way to intimidate my clients.”
Thomas has said he was targeted because of his opposition to sexual assault laws, which he believes allow people to refuse to report sexual assault and punish people who have “falsely accused” other people of rape.
He has argued that the laws are aimed at protecting men from victims who report crimes.
“We are going to keep fighting,” Wigert said in a statement.
“As a defense attorney, I will continue doing the right things to protect the people I represent.
I look forward to a speedy resolution to this case and will continue defending all of the women who have faced discrimination by the state.”
Read moreThomas said that his clients have made it clear that they want him to have a “proper attorney,” but that he has not been offered any in the meantime.