The basket of lost trust
What does a lesson learned from a Mecklenburg County district court judge many years ago and a recent experience of Duke Energy have to do with this year’s presidential election?
It has been almost 45 years since a brand new Charlotte lawyer presented a proposed order to Judge J. Edward Stukes. It was a routine procedural order, not controversial, or so the young lawyer told Stukes. The judge looked up at the lawyer and told him he would sign the order because he trusted him to tell the truth about the situation and the purpose of the proposed order. He told the young lawyer that if he ever violated that trust, it would take a long time, if ever, for him to win it back. I was that lawyer, and I never forgot the lesson.
Duke Energy’s predecessor, Duke Power Co., spent more than 100 ...