Judge Rules Black To Serve More Time In Prison

A state judge in Raleigh says former House Speaker Jim Black will have to spend more time behind bars even if the federal government releases him from prison.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Black on Thursday to between 11 and 14 months in state prison for a bribery charge Black pleaded to in 2007.

The sentence was finalized after Black satisfied a $1 million fine by giving some land to the Wake County schools.

Lawyers for Black are trying to get his five-year federal prison sentence on a corruption charge reduced because of Black's health problems. But Stephens said Black would have to complete Thursday's sentence even if the feds release the ex-speaker.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by chuck Location: greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    Great, now we need to send some of his friends to join him ( Easley, Basnight and Bev all get my vote)
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 16, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    Put him in Butner with Madoff. I hear there's a excellent hospital there.He will be treated well. Don't show this louse any special treatment.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 16, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    There is very little justice. He should have to serve both terms seperately. He committed the crimes seperately. Just today in the local newpaper a criminal was put on parole for violating his parole.
  • by Home Slice Location: Washington, NC on Jul 16, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    I hope this arrogant crook spends every day of his sentence behind bars. Hopefully his sentences are consecutive and not concurrent.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    I seemed to have left out NOT. He does not serve anymore time.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Jul 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    The ruling calls for the sentence to run concurrent with the time he is presently serving so it does mean he will serve more time. It's only a book keeping matter this way.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    Finally, a good judge!
  • by HUMMMMM Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Did they not just let a black politician from prison early after pleading quilty to stealing MILLIONS? HUMMMMM. Reverse racism at its finest!!!!
  • by Jacob Location: G 'ville on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    I am sorry that his wife is ill, but he is geting what he deserves.
  • by P on Jul 16, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
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