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Easley's law license reinstated

Posted February 4, 2013
Updated February 5, 2013

— The North Carolina State Bar on Monday reinstated former Gov. Mike Easley's law license following his November 2010 conviction for a campaign finance violation.

Easley's law license was suspended shortly after the guilty plea, pending the conclusion of formal disciplinary proceedings.

The State Bar ordered a year ago that the suspension remain in place for another year. A disciplinary panel voted against disbarring Easley, determining that there was no evidence that he knew the details of his campaign finance reports, he took responsibility for the shortcomings of his campaign and he expressed remorse.

He filed a petition last month to have his license reinstated, and the State Bar didn't object to the request.

Easley entered an Alford plea to one felony count of certifying a false campaign finance report. In an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty, while maintaining his innocence, and admits it is in his best interest to take the plea deal because there is sufficient evidence to find him guilty.

The charge stemmed from omitting an October 2006 campaign flight, which was provided by a long-time supporter, from quarterly reports.

The State Board of Elections ordered Easley's campaign in 2009 to pay $100,000 for flights he took aboard donors' private planes during the 2000 and 2004 campaigns. Most of that fine remains unpaid.

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  • timtooltime777 Feb 5, 4:33 p.m.

    Mike ! You are a discrace to the people of North Caroilna ! You should be run out of this state and country as a carpet bagger !!!

  • Barfly Feb 5, 12:25 p.m.

    Guys like Mike Easley don't go to prison, other people go to prison for guys like Mike Easley. Reminds me of the mafia.

  • The Oz Feb 5, 11:56 a.m.

    Once a crook, always a crook.

  • tayled Feb 5, 11:55 a.m.

    Not surprised at all. Our Attorney bar assosication is and has always been a joke. Take time to read some laws passed last year and you'll see how powerful a group they are.

    Have you ever read any of the Rules of Professional Conduct that lawyers must abide by per the Bar? If the Bar really enforced those rules, and they should, there would be a lot of disbarred, or at least disciplined lawyers running around.

  • tayled Feb 5, 11:53 a.m.

    Oh deary me, all the haters are out today! You need to remember his license was only suspended for a year. The year's up, he gets it back. And you have to remember it was suspended based on his Alford plea to a single count of failure to report a campaign donation. There was never any evidence that Easley himself did anything wrong. This was simply not a very big deal, and certainly not anything that came anywhere near the level of permanently revoking his law license. Sigh.....

    But if you do the slightest thing wrong in your job, your employer can give you the axe immediately, at his or her whim. Easley violated the law, and his oath as an attorney to uphold that law. why he should get his license back is beyond me.

  • patrick85ed Feb 5, 11:52 a.m.

    Lawyers...The second lowest form of life on the planet.

  • jcthai Feb 5, 11:36 a.m.

    Oh deary me, all the haters are out today! You need to remember his license was only suspended for a year. The year's up, he gets it back. And you have to remember it was suspended based on his Alford plea to a single count of failure to report a campaign donation. There was never any evidence that Easley himself did anything wrong. This was simply not a very big deal, and certainly not anything that came anywhere near the level of permanently revoking his law license. Sigh.....

  • mac5535 Feb 5, 11:36 a.m.

    That really shows the ethic standards of the N C Bar Association.

  • tony57 Feb 5, 11:23 a.m.

    Ethics? Who needs stinkin' ethics.......

  • bmac813 Feb 5, 11:21 a.m.

    The Whole Court System in North Carolina is a JOKE. I Know for A Fact.
    Not only NC but the Whole Country. We Need More Liberals making and Changing the Laws. Just like they want to do to the Constitution. Change it to their Thinking.

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