Easley Hires Prominent Attorney

A prominent defense attorney is now representing former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley, whose activities and those of his associates have been part of state and federal investigations.

An assistant for Raleigh lawyer Joe Cheshire confirmed Wednesday that Easley is now Cheshire's client. A message left for Cheshire seeking more information wasn't immediately returned.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has been seeking information about private air travel taken by Easley and coastal developments, including one where he and his wife bought a lot.

Easley hasn't been charged with any crimes. A local prosecutor is examining whether charges should be filed based on evidence uncovered in a State Board of Elections hearing involving Easley's campaign committee.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    Easley's lead advisor pled the 5th today. I guess democrats are capable of corruption.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    Hey Mike now a days if you are even accused of something you better get an attorney, charged or not!!! That is called being intelligent unless of course you are already an attorney!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 17, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    he might as well hire OJ's attorney because it's obvious that he's determined to weasel his way out of the illegal mess he got himself into. may get a slap on the wrist. mess like this represents what's wrong with our nation. corruption, special favors that hurt the tax payers etc. etc. you go democrat.
  • by Mike Location: HAMILTON on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    THAT'S A SURE SIGN OF GUILT HIRING A LAWYER AND YOU HAVEN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING WAY TO GO SLEEZLY
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    now days, everyone should have representation.
  • by LD Location: Goldsboro on Dec 17, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    Tis the season to sing, "Joy to the World"! Hopefully, this is the beginning of a major shake-down in the dirty North Carolina politics that has gone on for centuries! I will never forget how this man handled the money that was sent for the Floyd flood victims...and I wasn't even a flood victim! He put the money in a state fund, and decided who and how much money would be disbursed, and "saved" a wad of the money for "future" diseasters! Yeah, go ahead and take him down, and whole lot more of them! They deserve all that is coming to them!
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 17, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    He may end up with OJ's dream team, the jerk.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 17, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    Wayne, he may have hired OJ Simpson's lawyer. Some people just don't want to be proven wrong. That they didn't do anything wrong even though they did. Some people commit fraud and break laws they cover up that they can't just do the right thing. They're wrapped up in deceit. Feeling all smug about themselves. Makes me sick. And who are most of these types? Democrats. especially the liberal ones.
  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on Dec 17, 2009 at 03:57 AM
    If he did nothing wrong, Why the lawyer?
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