Friday, August 16, 2013
A summary of a recent disciplinary sanction from the web page of the North Carolina State Bar:
Elaine Kelley, a former senior assistant district attorney in Bladen County, pled guilty to one count of misprision of felony, a misdemeanor. Kelley admitted that she entered into an agreement with her former employer, former elected district attorney Rex Gore, that in addition to salary, Kelley would be compensated by receiving reimbursement for mileage she did not incur. Pursuant to this agreement, Kelley submitted false mileage reimbursement requests to the Administrative Office of the Courts. Kelley was sentenced to 12 months unsupervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of $14,190.39. The court also suspended Kelley's law license for six months. At Kelley's request, the Grievance Committee will not take action until Gore's criminal proceedings are concluded and Kelley will not engage in the practice of law until State Bar disciplinary proceedings are concluded.
Fayobserver.com had this earlier report.
WWAYnewschannel3 reports that the now former DA is set to go to trial next Monday. (Mike Frisch)