Mystery suspension: Bellamy no-show, no-license cases continued
City Council candidate Wes Bellamy was in court April 11 long enough to reschedule a hearing on two charges: driving on a suspended license and failure to appear in court.
He stopped briefly outside Charlottesville General District Court to tell reporters he couldn't talk to them about why his license had been suspended. "I'm looking forward to speaking about it and getting it all cleared up, but I can't now," said Bellamy, pointing to his attorney, Ron Tweel.
Tweel, perhaps better known for his work in family law, is considered by some to be one of the top divorce lawyers in town. But taking a traffic case is no big stretch, says Tweel, after 40 years practicing law, even though he quit traffic cases about 15 years ago.
"I'm representing Wes because I know him from the NAACP," explains Tweel. "He's probably one of the most engaged African-Americans in this community in a generation."
Tweel, too, declines to say what landed Bellamy in suspended-license hot water until after the May 16 hearing.
Bellamy is one of five Democratic candidates seeking the party's nomination in the June 11 primary for two open seats on City Council.