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Easley seeks to regain law license

Posted January 8, 2013

— Former Gov. Mike Easley is trying to win back his law license, following his November 2010 conviction for campaign finance fraud.

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

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

With the suspension period over, Easley filed a petition last Friday with the State Bar to have his license reinstated, officials said. There was no word on when any action would be taken on 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 dozens of flights the former governor took aboard donors' private planes during the 2000 and 2004 campaigns.

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  • scnewton Jan 13, 6:40 a.m.

    NO,NO,NO,NOT EVER!!!!!!!!

  • driverkid3 Jan 9, 11:03 a.m.

    Objective Scientist, if you were disappointed with Easley after the first go-round, why on earth did you vote for him again? Is your hatred of Republicans that bad?

  • driverkid3 Jan 9, 10:28 a.m.

    Delta War::::Why should he be treated differently from any other CROOK.

    Because he is a DEMOCRAT! That's it, pure and simple.

  • kross3 Jan 9, 8:44 a.m.

    NO!!!

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 9, 8:31 a.m.

    If this happens we will truly know the whole legal situation in the state is corrupt including the state bar association.

    jrfergerson
    January 8, 2013 7:36 p.m.................................. There are plenty of cases that show how corrupt the bar assosiation is. Smithfield for example. Also, if ya look at some of the laws passed last year, you'll see just how powerful they are.

  • Boylan Jan 9, 8:23 a.m.

    "He should get his law license back. This was nothing but a witch hunt and waste of taxpayer dollars. Hope he does." banker27520

    A witchhunt? That is the joke of the day. He is the luckiest crook in NC.

  • Boylan Jan 9, 8:21 a.m.

    "No he shouldn't have, didn't do anything wrong. Hope he does get his license back. He was a great governor. Won 2 terms and could probably run again in a few years and win another term. And yes that is allowed in NC. Jim Hunt was governor for 16 years, led for 8, took a break, came back and run and won for 8 more." thayerguy

    That guy is a crook, period. He was an OK governor but not great by any standards, regardless he broke the law and should have paid for it. So far his debt to society has been paid with mere pennies.

    I also think you are wrong on the "he can run again". Yes, Hunt did it but I am certain that law has been changed so 2 terms is it.

  • hooter483 Jan 9, 7:01 a.m.

    Not only no to getting his license back.....but HELL NO!

  • scnewton Jan 9, 6:06 a.m.

    NO,NO,NO,NO, NOT EVER!,! CROOKED LAWYER! CROOKED GOVERNOR!!

  • miketroll3572 Jan 8, 7:47 p.m.

    No he shouldn't have, didn't do anything wrong. Hope he does get his license back. He was a great governor. Won 2 terms and could probably run again in a few years and win another term. And yes that is allowed in NC. Jim Hunt was governor for 16 years, led for 8, took a break, came back and run and won for 8 more.

    Have you lost your mind. This guy is completely corrupt and should be under the jail.

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