Jim Black's Friends Ask Government To End Sentence

A newspaper says a former Republican governor plans to be among those asking that former North Carolina House speaker Jim Black's prison sentence to commuted or that he be moved closer to home.

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that 150 people have written federal officials on Black's behalf and that former Gov. Jim Martin plans to do so. The 74-year-old Black has been incarcerated since July 2007 at the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa.

Black was sentenced for accepting thousands of dollars in illegal payments while speaker.

Black's attorney says his client is in poor health, as is his wife.

Supporters also say if Black's sentence isn't commuted he should be moved to a prison in North or South Carolina.


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  • by Alex Location: Vaneceboro on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    Moderator, it does matter because this was a man whose entire life was lived in politics. had he been a republican, you & i both know his affiliation would be front & center. your lack of willingness to acknowledgemt of your obvious bias is evident to most of your viewers
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    Alex - Jim Black is a Democrat. The Associated Press article failed to mention that. We have Republicans, Democrats, Independents and maybe even a Libertarian or two at the station but that shouldn't matter when we're writing or reporting the news or posting comments.
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    we know the former governor's political party, yet witn doesn't tell us Jim Black's party, are you ready to admit your bias yet??????
  • by Lonnie Location: Edenton on Jun 22, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    Mark Basnight needs to be in the cell next to him. If people only knew. Some do but can not get the FBI to INVESTIGATE.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    Sam, the problem is this state has been electing the same democratic leadership for years. You know, yellow dog voters that always vote a straight dem ticket. Then they complain about taxes, schools and how corrupt Easely was and his wife..blah blah blah. Until they do, this legacy will continue, things will be taxed even higher, your rights and freedoms, will be taken away. I mean, hows all that changey and hopey thing going for everybody? Well, it transcends the federal to the state. Corruption for everybody. The thing that kills me about his is they re-elect these elitests every two years? Ok, an example, I running and I am going to raise you taxes on everything you do, smokes, drinks, fast food, gas and mileage, carbon tax and methane tax. OK, that is where I stand, honest and upfront. I am democrat so I will be elected? Heck no! Well, why did you think Bev was telling you any truth? This is who you voted for and her whole party. Enjoy!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    NO NO NO NO NO! He was CAUGHT for taking ILLEGAL money which is called STEALING, so no he should NOT be allowed to get out of his sentence, now however as far as what state, I don't see anything wrong with having him in a NC prison, but I find a problem if this crook gets out of prison. For all these people that are asking to have Jim Black out of prison, they are either more crooks standing up for this crook or they are idiots that apparently feel sorry for a low person like this man was just because he is old and sick. If they have him rot in jail for the rest of his life, then that is when justice will be served and then this could be a step in changing the whole low-integrity thing in Raleigh. BTW, what kind of a chance do you think there was that he used some of that crooked money to get himself a fancy mansion at the Governor's Club?
  • by home slice Location: Washington on Jun 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    Move this crook closer to home............then let him rot like the rest of the despiteful low lifes.
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Jun 22, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    I was a little surprised (or maybe not) to read the Former Gov. Jim Martin also wrote a letter on former Speaker Black's behalf. I guess that shows how widespread the "corruption is the norm in NC" mentality is. Where are the posts defending Black or Martin? Step forward all ye socialists. Make yourself known.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 22, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    He is no different than Obamas Cabinet. In fact, I say he was qualified for a position there. Like I state often, these elitists think they are above the law. I guess I am implying he is a democrat?
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    There should be no special consideration because Mr. Black is a former politician. Equality is equality.
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