Reality Star Appealing Plea Deal On Million Dollar Child Support Case
Stevie J’s lawyer has walked out on his appeal of his $1.3 million child support judgment, saying that the case’s chances of prevailing are slim to none, BOSSIP has learned.
G. Eric Bellinger said there’s no way that Stevie has a chance at winning the cases on its merits, and has backed out of further representing him on the case.
Last month, Stevie J – who was born Steven Jordan – pled guilty to one count of willfully failing to pay child support, and was sentenced to $1.3 million in restitution and three years of probation.
He lodged an appeal on Valentine’s Day, but his lawyer, Bellinger, and his firm, Carter, Ledyard & Milbrun, asked to be relieved from repping the reality star because “in it’s legal opinion, there is no good faith basis to pursue an appeal,” according to court docs obtained by BOSSIP.
The lawyer said Stevie believes the restitution amount is excessive, and that’s the basis for his appeal. However, the producer doesn’t have any evidence to back up his claims, according to Bellinger.
“Counsel cannot and should not be compelled to appeal a judgment that is, in it’s opinion, meritless and without evidentiary basis,” Bellinger wrote in a letter to the judge asking to withdraw from the case.
Stevie is now representing himself in the case, and the judge gave Stevie until Friday, March 24 to find a new lawyer. But if the father of newborn baby Bonnie Bella with ex-Joseline Hernandez can’t find new legal representation by the end of the week, the judge said he’ll throw the case out.