I was not surprised when allegations came out about James Ethridge, the judge who has been disbarred for unethical activities while practicing law. I was not surprised that he was disbarred. I guess that I should not be surprised that a lawyer found a loophole with which to screw people out of money. The man still has not resigned and is technically still in the job position as judge. He can not act as judge, but he still holds the job. Therefore, the taxpayers still have to pay his salary plus those of substitute judges. We are getting double charged because Ethridge will not resign.
This is just plain wrong. We are getting hosed as taxpayers. He will leave the job and a replacement found only if he is impeached and convicted, the Judicial Standards Commission removes him, or he quits. While still in the position, he keeps drawing a salary for doing absolutely nothing. Leave it to a lawyer to figure this out.
IMPEACH JAMES ETHRIDGE NOW! He is no longer qualified to hold his job and he is suckling off the taxpayers for doing nothing.
Here is a News & Observer article on the topic.