Ex NC Speaker Released From Prison

The attorney for former North Carolina House Speaker, Democrat Jim Black, says the disgraced politician has walked out of the federal prison where he was serving time for a corruption-related conviction.

Raleigh attorney Whit Powell said Monday Black walked out of the prison in Jesup, Ga., earlier in the day. The former House speaker's son was returning the 75-year-old Black to the Charlotte area, where prison authorities will decide if he will complete his sentence at a halfway house or under house arrest.

Black was scheduled to be released from prison next April and has six months left to serve.

Black pleaded guilty in federal court in 2007 to taking thousands of dollars from chiropractors while pushing their agenda at the Legislature.

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