Former N.C. Speaker Going To Prison

Former state House Speaker Jim Black was sentenced Wednesday to more than five years in prison on federal charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle also fined Black 50-thousand dollars on the charges, which said Black illegally took cash from chiropractors while promoting their agenda.

Boyle could have sentenced the Mecklenburg County Democrat to six-and-a-half years in prison, but the judge rejected prosecutors' requests for a harsher sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bruce asked for a longer prison term, arguing Black did more damage than two of his political associates who have also pleaded guilty in public corruption cases.


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