On Wednesday, Durham defense attorney James D. "Butch" Williams reminded Orange-Chatham Superior Court Judge Carl Fox to include his middle initial in any documents related to his client Kenneth White, accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend.
"If anybody pulls the record up, some people might assume it's the real James Williams," said Butch Williams, referring to James E. Williams, the chief Public Defender for the Orange-Chatham judicial district.
"I'm afraid that some people might believe that you are the real James Williams, Mr. Williams," Fox responded.
In a recent court appearance, Fox chided James E. Williams for forgetting to wear his suit jacket into the courtroom. Decked out in a bowtie and navy suit with wide white pinstripes, Butch Williams had no such problem Wednesday. But he did get a talking-to for not having a business card with an e-mail address where the judge could send a draft of a court order.
Real or not real, the James Williamses have to stay on their toes when Fox is behind the bench.