James Thomas Stroud Jr. now lives in Holly Ridge. He hasn’t practiced law since 2008 and 2009, when he worked for attorney Bruce Jackson of Wilmington.
On Oct. 23, 2006, Stroud’s status was transferred to “disability inactive.” The court ruled that Stroud was disabled, incarcerated and unavailable to his clients. That ruling came three weeks after Stroud had been arrested for allegedly ramming vehicles repeatedly on a Gastonia street, and claiming that “Satan was with them.” Recent Associated Press stories have said that Stroud was arrested more than a dozen times.
Jackson had petitioned the court on Stroud’s behalf to allow Stroud to work with him under restrictions, which included taking antipsychotic medications and limiting “his representation to traffic violations unless he is associated with Mr. Jackson or another attorney in Mr. Jackson’s firm.” The court approved the request in July 2008.
Stroud said he worked with Jackson for about a year, but that he and Jackson discontinued the association due to financial reasons.
In 2010, Stroud established a nonprofit organization called The Lighthouse Evangelical Crusaders. The organization was created to “help the military in any way I can,” Stroud said. He said he provides free paralegal services to disabled veterans and is writing his memoirs.
A Charlotte TV station did a story about the car-ramming incident in Gastonia.
Click here to view Stroud’s member information on the North Carolina State Bar, including links to the disciplinary actions taken against him.
Click here for information about The Lighthouse Evangelical Crusaders.
Date posted: January 10, 2013
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