Lenoir County Lawmaker's Attorney Pushes Back Against Request

A noted criminal defense attorney representing a North Carolina House member that's been scrutinized by an outside advocacy group says a public review of the legislator's activities would set a new standard for politicizing government ethics.

Joe Cheshire of Raleigh wrote to House Speaker Thom Tillis on Thursday, one day after House Democratic leader Joe Hackney asked Tillis to form a bipartisan commission to look at Republican Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Lenoir County and his practices at economic development nonprofit groups he runs.

Cheshire referred to Hackney's request as something looking like "partisan political bait" and based on media reports that fall below any standard for holding a special commission.

LaRoque hasn't been charged with any crimes. Cheshire's past clients include former Gov. Mike Easley and Sen. R.C. Soles.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    LaRoque is nothing more than a JR Ewing wannabe that loves to destroy and humiliate anyone who disagrees with him, regardless of political affilliation. He is a fake conservattive and only cares about himself. He is an embarrassment to Kinston and Lenoir County. If he is the man he claims to be, he would drop all of these other petty lawsuits and resign from the legislature.
  • by Josephine on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    Media investigations have funded Cheshire's biz for many years.
  • by Del Location: Kinston on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Noted criminal lawyer defending a GOP member par for the course I say.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to Del
      What do you expect? It's King Stephen.
  • by tater time Location: kinston on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    Another republican being a hypocrite hiding behind a slick lawyer. Larocque u a LaJoke.

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      by hmmm on Nov 19, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to tater time
      He's a lot of other things besides the biggest joke in the legislature.
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