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Black Gets More Time To Pay Off Debts

A Wake County judge has given former House Speaker Jim Black more time to sell real estate in order to pay off a $1 million fine on a political corruption charge.

Judge Don Stephens signed an order Friday to continue Black's
case until July. Black had faced a Monday deadline to satisfy the
fine as well as other costs. Otherwise, Black could have faced
another two years in prison.

Black's attorney says his client has been acting in good faith
to sell property to satisfy the judgment.

Black is already serving a five-year federal prison sentence for
taking thousands of dollars unlawfully from chiropractors. He also
agreed to accept punishment on state charges of bribery and
obstruction of justice without admitting guilt.

State prosecutors accused Black of giving former state
Representative Michael Decker cash and campaign contributions to
switch parties in 2003.


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