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Another delay in Easley investigation

Posted November 9, 2010

— More than a year after the State Board of Elections turned its findings of financial violations by the campaign of former Gov. Mike Easley over to prosecutors to determine whether to pursue criminal charges, it remains unclear when, or if, any charges will be filed.

Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly, who was named to examine the case, said Tuesday that there's a hitch in the investigation, but he declined to elaborate. Kenerly had said earlier that he expected to announce this week whether he would seek charges in the case.

In October 2009, the elections board ordered Easley's campaign to pay $100,000 for dozens of flights the former governor took aboard donors' private planes during the 2000 and 2004 campaigns. Most of the fine will go unpaid because the campaign has run out of money and the elections board has no authority to seek payment from the personal accounts of Easley or campaign officials.

A federal grand jury also has been investigating since early 2009 Easley's dealings with friends and contributors while in office. In addition to the campaign flights, it's believed the grand jury, which operates in secret, has looked at coastal real estate deals and a high-paying job former first lady Mary Easley had at North Carolina State University.

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  • alx Nov 10, 2010

    Easley, Thomas Wright, Jim Black, Meg Scott Phipps, Frank Ballance, John Edwards. the Democrats from the state of North Carolina have so much to be proud of.

  • Scare Crow Nov 10, 2010

    OK.......so whats the point in any of this????????????

  • Sherlock Nov 9, 2010

    When will the lawyers learn tha tyou wioll not get this individual into court. You do not have teh pull to do it. A waste of time and money.

  • scnewton Nov 9, 2010

    WONDER IF DA KENERLY IS DEMOCRAT?? THAT WOULD ANSWER WHY THE DELAY BUT THAT DOESN'T ANSWER WHY THE US ATTORNEY HASN'T PULLED THE TRIGGER ON

  • NotAgain Nov 9, 2010

    I will certainly be glad when we switch completely over to a 1 party system. That way we can surely protect our constitutional rights.

  • yankee1 Nov 9, 2010

    Now that the Republicans have taken over NC government, at least we can save money by not having to add on to the Democrat block of the state prison! I think there is still enough room for good ol' Bev!

  • NotAgain Nov 9, 2010

    how much all the lawyers getting to keep this active? it is a scam, the lawyers figure out a way to take our money regardless.
    Every single official gets some type of investigation. where does the $$ come from? what a country

  • Inter Alios Nov 9, 2010

    The "hitch" is the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court which gutted the "honest services" law, which the U.S. Attorney's office was planning to use against Easley. He is now looking at trying to shoehorn Easley's conduct into some other criminal offense. Kenerly is holding back on doing anything until the U.S. Attorney does something. Both Kenerly and the US Attorney have had plenty of time to investigate. Its time to either indict him, or turn out the lights and go home.

  • joedaplumber Nov 9, 2010

    with all these dem.in n.c.,he'll never go to trial.

    Yea lets vote in some more Yankees so we get some smart people runnin the gov

  • pm2 Nov 9, 2010

    Without the fraud and special interest, they could balance the budget!

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