The Get with Morgan Fogarty: Bill Diehl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bill Diehl is part of Charlotte history. The hair. The heft. The high profile cases. Diehl rarely met a case, or a camera, he didn’t like, shooting cooking shows from his beach house, even appearing on WCCB News Edge. Over the years, he made tons of press. Tons of money, from criminal cases and high-dollar divorces. And then, in 2016, he called it a career.
This past December, Diehl suffered a debilitating stroke. And now, the man who fought to win, and usually did, is fighting a different battle.
Diehl says, “If I have a goal, it’s to communicate my desire to get better and back to being myself. I haven’t been myself for three months, and that’s really hard for me.”
Even in an assisted living facility in SouthPark, confined to a wheelchair and unable to use his right leg, Diehl reveals moments where he is, most certainly, still himself. This is what he said when WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked him if there is anything he’s ever said or done during a case that he regrets: “No, no regrets. I’m glad I hurt every person’s feeling that I hurt,” he says while smiling. And, “I had fun doing it, and I won, and that was what it was all about.”
His best marriage advice: “Don’t. Don’t get married.”
And his legal advice to President Donald Trump: “Shut the blank up.”
But behind the big talk, is a big softie. Bill Diehl’s grandkids are, and have been, his pride and joy. His granddaughter responded to a recent newspaper article about Diehl, writing in part, “You left out the most meaningful and important role he has played, and that’s as Granddad.”
“I wanted to cry. She’s such a sweetheart. I’m very close to her and feel so moved that she had so many nice things to say,” says Diehl.
Bill Diehl says the case he is most proud of winning is that of former Hornets’ owner George Shinn in 1999. Shinn, accused of sexual misconduct with a woman, won. Fogarty asked Diehl if he thought he’d win the case now, in the midst of the #MeToo movement. He says, with a smile, “I think I’d win it every time.”
Diehl says Shinn called him recently, to tell him he was thinking about him, and to wish him well. Diehl responded just as you’d expect. “He wished me luck, said he appreciated what I did for him. Will never forget it. And he shouldn’t. ‘Cause I worked my ass off for him.”
Diehl meets with a physical therapist regularly. He’s working to hopefully regain use of his leg. He says the inability to walk, for him, is “ridiculous.”