Former NC House Speaker Testifies About Power-Sharing With Black

Representative Richard Morgan says he testified before a federal grand jury Wednesday about his 2003 power-sharing arrangement with House Speaker Jim Black.

As he left the federal courthouse, Morgan says he discussed former Representative Michael Decker's decision to switch political parties weeks before Black and Morgan were elected co-speakers of the House. The move help Black reach a power-sharing deal with Morgan to lead the House.

Morgan, a Republican from Moore County, says he "knew very little" about the party switch but answered all the jurors' questions.

A grand jury in Raleigh is believed to have spent a year examining Black's legislative and fundraising activities, among other things. Black, a Democrat from Mecklenburg, served four terms as speaker but announced he wouldn't seek a fifth term when the General Assembly reconvenes next month.