N.C. State Bar files complaint against
Superior Court Judge Tillett
By SANDY SEMANS
North Carolina State Bar has filed a complaint against Resident
Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett related to his actions taken against
the Kill Devil Hills police chief and several other individuals,
including the late Frank Parrish, who at the time of the events in 2011
and 2012, was the District Attorney for the First Judicial District.
The 11-page complaint asks that disciplinary action be taken against Tillett in accordance with state laws and rules of the Bar.
filing of the complaint comes almost two years to the day after the
North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission issued a public reprimand
to Tillett for the same actions.
Although both agencies' actions are a result of the same series of events, the agencies have separate roles and focus.
Standards Commission has jurisdiction over ensuring that judges comply
with the Judicial Code of Conduct which applies to the office. Judges
found to have violated the Judicial Code of Conduct can suffer a range
of penalties ranging from warnings to removal from the bench.
Carolina State Bar oversees the conduct of all attorneys as prescribed
by the Rules of Professional Conduct. Attorneys found guilty of not
obeying the Rules of Professional Conduct can be penalized a number of
ways, including, the most drastic, loss of the right to practice law.
A response on behalf of Tillett to the State Bar complaint has not yet been filed on the agency's website.
Click here to read the North Carolina State Bar complaint
Click here to read the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission reprimand