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McCrory judicial choice once reprimanded by NC Bar

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A new District Court judge appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory was previously reprimanded for professional misconduct by the North Carolina State Bar.

McCrory on Monday appointed Michael A. Stone of Raeford to a state judicial seat in Hoke County.

McCrory spokesman Rick Martinez says the governor knew about Stone's reprimand before naming him as a judge, but didn't think one past mistake should disqualify him from consideration.

Records on file with Stone's law license show he was issued a written reprimand in 1998 after he and a law partner conducted real estate closings that were handled by assistants with no lawyer present. The State Bar concluded Stone and his partner didn't properly supervise their staff members and failed to review deeds and other important legal documents before they were filed.

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