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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After nearly a year of controversy, Mecklenburg Judge Bill Belk has resigned from the bench.

Facing misconduct charges and possible removal by the N.C. Supreme Court, Belk submitted a letter of resignation late Friday.

He did not give a reason for his resignation.

In the letter, he wrote: I am resigning my judgeship effective this afternoon, Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. I have enjoyed my friendship with you and my clerks, sheriffs, D.A.'s, attorneys and my fellow judges. Best of luck to all of you.

P.S., he wrote, I hope this doesn't cause an inconvenience on scheduling next week.

Belk addressed the letter to Carol Swann, the assistant for Chief District Court Judge Lisa Bell.

Belk was accused of violating the state's judicial code of conduct by serving on corporate boards and engaging in an angry confrontation with Bell, after she denied his request for time off to attend a board meeting. The judicial code prohibits judges' service on business boards to avoid conflicts of interest.

Belk ignored several opinions -- including one from the Supreme Court -- that his membership on the boards was a violation.

Last week, Belk said the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission was recommending that the Supreme Court remove him from the bench.

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