Vice president at the Locke Foundation and Associate Publisher of Carolina Journal, the monthly newspaper of the John Locke Foundation. He joined the Foundation in late 1994, having previously written articles for Carolina Journal and participated in Locke activities. His duties at the Foundation include investigative reporting, research, and public speaking. He writes articles and newspaper columns for the Foundation and in 1995 co-authored Changing Course, Locke's first proposal for rightsizing state government and cutting taxes. Carrington's previous work experience in North Carolina includes economic and employment research in state government, private-sector marketing, economic development, and political consulting. He received his degree in business administration from East Carolina University and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.
(12.09.13) April Trial Date Set for Libel Suit Against Cooper
RALEIGH — At Friday’s hearing, Judge W. Ormond Smith III met in a Wake County courtroom with the four plaintiffs — Gene Boyce, Dan Boyce, Philip Isley, and Laura Isley — and five attorneys representing Cooper. Jim Phillips, spokesman for the Cooper team, said he had a knee replacement scheduled this week and that his doctor told him that the earliest he would be ready for a trial would be late March.
(12.02.13) AG Uses Personal Insurance for Legal Bills
RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper’s use of a personal liability umbrella insurance policy to pay for his defense in a 13-year-old defamation lawsuit allows him to keep confidential how much he has paid lawyers for his defense, something he could not do if he were using a campaign account or legal defense fund.
(11.05.13) Cooper Libel Suit Moves to Trial
RALEIGH — The plaintiffs, led by Raleigh attorney Gene Boyce, allege that Attorney General Roy Cooper and his 2000 campaign committee ran a political ad that was defamatory and constituted an unfair and deceptive trade practice, and that they participated in a conspiracy to violate a North Carolina law prohibiting false ads during election campaigns.
(10.25.13) Belk Loses Law License for Three Years
RALEIGH — A three-member panel of the state’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission decided at an Oct. 21 hearing to suspend former Mecklenburg County Judge Bill Belk’s law license for three years for violating a rule of conduct. Belk, who insists the violation is nothing more than a misunderstanding he “tried to correct and that had no bearing on my role as a judge,” could have been disbarred for life.
(9.11.13) Cooper’s ‘Win’ Against Coastal Developers Won’t Go Far
RALEIGH — A settlement touted by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on Sept. 3 as a “win” for investors victimized by two questionable developments on the North Carolina coast promises to provide only pennies-on-the-dollar restitution to those who lost money in the transactions.
(8.26.13) Belk Disciplined As Judge And Attorney
RALEIGH — A three-member panel of the state’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission ruled Friday that former Judge Bill Belk, 64, violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys because he was untruthful when interviewed four years ago about his outside activities while he was a District Court judge in Mecklenburg County.
(8.20.13) State Agency Seeks Additional Punishment Against Former Judge
CHARLOTTE — Former Mecklenburg District Judge Bill Belk, 64, who in 2010 received a lifetime ban from serving as a judge by the N.C. Supreme Court, may face additional disciplinary action — including the loss of his law license. It’s the third time in more than four years Belk has faced discipline by a state agency monitoring members of the legal profession, even though none of the complaints involve actions he has taken as a judge or an attorney.
(8.14.13) Two Clinton Women Plead Guilty To Stolen-Identity Tax Fraud
NEW BERN — Clinton residents Angela Christina Lainez-Flores, 44, and her daughter Karen Mejia, 23, both citizens of Honduras, pleaded guilty July 22 in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Their scheme involved the filing of multiple federal income tax returns using fabricated identities, phony W-2 earnings statements, and the listing of dependents that do not exist.
(7.11.13) Feds Unwilling or Unable To Stop Illegal Checks
RALEIGH — A Long Island, N.Y., woman has spent nearly two years trying to convince the Internal Revenue Service and the U. S. Postal Service that persons with Hispanic-sounding surnames using her address to obtain tax refunds from the IRS are part of a fraud scheme. She has not found a government agency that will stop the phony tax refunds from arriving in her mailbox.
(6.18.13) CJ Flashback: Rural Center Under Fire
RALEIGH — The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center faces the most uncertainty since its creation in 1987. But this scrutiny is nothing new: Carolina Journal questioned the value of the giant grantmaking agency to North Carolina taxpayers and businesses 15 years ago — along with its cozy relationship to the politically connected.