Former NC State Chancellor Goes Before Grand Jury

The former chancellor of North Carolina State University has ended testimony before a federal grand jury in Raleigh that is seeking details about a job given to former first lady Mary Easley.

James Oblinger would not discuss his testimony when he left the building about four hours after he entered Wednesday.

Oblinger was subpoenaed last month, with federal investigators requesting access to all documents related to Easley's hiring and benefits.

Oblinger resigned last week as the university released e-mails showing that he had played a role in Easley's hiring. He said he did not recall his contribution until reading the e-mails and said the hiring involved no impropriety and no coercion.

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


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    Who cares what the layout is consisting of? It's just a chat room. Geez! As far as the chancellor, how about have Mary Easley instead of him to testify in court first, then worry about the chancellor. At this rate, lets get people like me Wolfgang, Dewayne, Obama Snake oil, into the NC legislature. To Help me out, that is the big deal, not the layout.
  • by lavon Location: goldsboro on Jun 17, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    Wolfgang- I think you might be posting under the wrong topic. This forum is about the Easley's and not Michelle Obama. Lol!! I gotta give it to you dude, your a piece of work
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    The old saying seems to be true. If you want to get a good job. It is what you know it is who you know. I have seen it time and time again. So many unqualified people get high paying important positions, because they have a relative who can recommend or hire somebody. Refer to Michelle Obama. They used to call jobs like Michelle Obama's Hospital Job as "Feather Bedding". Not only was the $350,000 job created for her, she didn't really do much and it is clear the job was some kind of political payola, Chicago style. It sure helps to have your husband be a politician or senator. If Saras Palin's husband had a fake job like this the press would be going crazy to destroy him. But then you look at this piece of info "Michelle's already inflated salary at the Medical Center was raised from $121,910 to $316,962." and wonder exactly how did she save the hospital enough money to justify the hospital giving her that big an increase in salary? Obama's needed the extra money?
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