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Newspaper Says Black Will Resign & Plead Guilty

Former State House Speaker Jim Black will
resign from office and plead guilty to a federal corruption charge.
That's according to a report from The Charlotte Observer.
The newspaper said on its Web site that Black's attorney, Ken
Bell, confirmed that Black will plead guilty on Thursday to one
count of accepting illegal gratuities. The felony charge carries a
maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a fine of 250,000
dollars.
Because state law bans felons from holding office, Black will
have to resign his seat in the House representing a suburban
Charlotte district.
Neither Bell nor Black's spokeswoman immediately returned a call
from The Associated Press seeking comment.


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