RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina Supreme Court says a former judge who stepped down after allegations of misconduct is barred from holding judicial office again.
Justices said in a ruling released Thursday that former Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Bill Belk committed willful misconduct.
Belk resigned last year. A week later the standards commission recommended that the state Supreme Court remove him from the bench.
Justices took particular issue with Belk's decision to stay on the board of Sonic Automotive for nine months after taking office. He earned $143,000 in stock and fees in 2008 from the Charlotte auto retailer.
Judicial rules say judges "should not" serve on corporate boards. An attorney for Belk would not talk about the matter.