"I think at that time, the State Bar had lost some of its credibility," said Tom Lunsford, executive director of the State Bar. "We looked to Howard Manning to restore our reputation by taking a hard look at what had happened."
From this unctuous panegyric about a nasty old buzzard lawyer now residing in the 9th Circle with Judas Iscariot, Potiphar's Wife, Sonon, Hitler, Mohmammed and other enemies of all mankind:
The truth is that Tom Lunsford and Howard Manning, Sr. are both dishonest lying scum who tried to cover up the fact B. E. "Bobby" James, the director of the NC State Bar who was supposed to exercise honest supervision over North Carolina's lawyers and prosecute thieves, EMBEZZLED over $100,000 in funds from the NC STATE BAR. He never paid the money back. He is nothing but a GRAND THIEF, and these two, Lunsford and Manning, and slimy Carolin Bakewell, were among the horde of his enablers, coddlers, and apologists.
You can't very well google the scandal up because the slime banking and corporate lawyers who run the state and think they own the NC STATE BAR as their private property, and private club, have run around covering the stench up like cats in a sandbox.
Now you wonder why North Carolina is one of the top ten most corrupt states in the United States. The stench is enough to make a stout hog vomit, even a hundred miles north, east, west, or south of its borders. And then if you go into Tennessee or South Carolina, or Virginia fleeing the stench, it just re-combines with the sulfurous stenches of those states to make you sick and nauseous. So you'll have to go over 100 miles out to sea to escape the mother of all obnoxious fragrances.