Amended Order For Easley Doesn't Change Punishment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina State Bar has made slight changes to last week's disciplinary order for former Gov. Mike Easley that still leaves him without his law license until early December.

The amended order filed Thursday takes care of what a Bar lawyer called inadvertent errors involving the case of the two-term Democratic governor and why a panel agreed Easley should avoid disbarment for a campaign finance-related felony conviction.

The punishment remains the same. Easley still can't practice law for another 11 months, meaning his total suspension will be two years. In November 2010, Easley accepted criminal responsibility for an improperly filed campaign finance report.

The amended order makes clear he was governor when the original campaign report was filed and didn't have actual knowledge that report was false or incomplete.

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Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley will be able to resume practicing law at end of this year under an agreement reached with the State Bar on his punishment related to a campaign finance-related felony in 2010.

A disciplinary panel on Friday approved the agreement between the Bar and Easley in which his law license will be suspended for another 11 months. His license was suspended more than a year ago while the Bar investigated his case.

The Democrat was convicted in November 2010 for an improperly filed campaign finance report.

Lawyers convicted of felonies often are disbarred, but the signed agreement says the panel concluded a lesser punishment was suitable in part because there's no evidence Easley knew what was in the report.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by pappy Location: grimesland on Jan 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    Governor Easley is the best leader we have had in 50 years. He did not do anything wrong. I wish I could vote for him again.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:17 PM
    A gentleman told me once " you would be fortunate and yo could leave the earth and count your friends on one hand". Well....... Let us see --- Easley has ( Hunt, Basnight, Cooper, Perdue, his defense attorney ) WOW !!! what a mark in life.
  • by Susan Location: Emerald Isle on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:41 PM
    Well, glory be! Someone finally had enough sense to post a Mike Easley story where it belongs - grouped right in with the Popeye's amd KFC robbery lowlifes!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    all you democrats put him in office democrats OWN NORTH CAROLINA....
  • by david Location: greenville on Jan 6, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    Synonyms: Crooks, Lawyers, Politicians, Liars, Easley Only paid $1000 fine for flipping over $1 million in property. The bar from practicing was suppose to be part of the punishment. Our Government is a disgrace!
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Jan 6, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    Is what he did any more illegal than Bill Clinton's escapades? Raping Juanita Broderick, propositioning Paula Jones, having sex that wasn't sex with a young intern in the White House, groping Kathleen Willy when she went to him seeking help with getting a job right after her husband died, and lying under oath about those activities. Easley is just another example with the "sam old, same old" among the politicians. They've held power so that they think the laws don't apply to them and in the event that they do get caught they look out for one another.
  • by Sick and Tired Location: g-ville on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    NC Bar: Theives protecting thieves!
  • by Formerly Pirateman on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:34 PM
    He'll do criminal law and the people charged with felonies can identify with him. The next thing is ECU will honor him by naming a building after him or making him an honorary graduate! LOL
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    If it was Me i would get 20 to life.
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:15 PM
    The system is a joke.Do you hear them laughing?
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