UNC law professor, Barry Nakell, has been prevented from representing Eddie Hatcher as his lawyer. Nakell is a civil rights attorney and was selected by Hatcher to represent his case. A series of actions by state officials and judges has prevented this. Nakell has been accused of pursuing a “frivolous” lawsuit on behalf of Hatcher and thrown out of a court room where he was not allowed to speak on behalf of his client. Hatcher has been forced to represent himself as a result. Nakell and other civil rights lawyers involved in the case see this as a conspiracy to deny Hatcher of his chosen legal team.