In a hysteria-inducing diatribe, the North Carolina State Bar accuses Betsy Wolfenden of "posing the gravest of threats" because, according to the State Bar, "her goal is to convince the public that our legal system is corrupt." Actually, Wolfenden only accused two judges and three attorneys in 15-B District Court, and the North Carolina State Bar of being corrupt, and the NC Court of Appeals recently confirmed her allegations in two strongly worded opinions:
Coincidentally, the same day the State Bar filed its Response to Wolfenden's Petition for Writ of Supersedeas in the North Carolina Supreme Court, Wolfenden filed a brief in the North Carolina Court of Appeals arguing that the court orders entered by 15-B District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett must be vacated when Judge Scarlett violated the North Carolina Code of Judicial Conduct and obstructed justice by concealing her bias against Wolfenden from Wolfenden's clients after Wolfenden ran a campaign ad during the 2008 judicial election referring to the "good ol' boy network," which Judge Scarlett, an Easley appointee, found personally offensive.
While there are many fine judges and attorneys in North Carolina, in Orange County District Court, it is the good-old-boy system that rules supreme in the courtroom. Law and legal procedure are routinely ignored and any attorney or litigant who speaks out against the lawlessness is punished with unfavorable rulings. It's a frightening experience for an attorney let alone a citizen who may be encountering the legal system for the first time.