Local Politics

Perjury Case Proceeds Against Jim Black Ally

Posted February 5, 2007

— Jury selection is expected to continue Tuesday in the perjury trial of an associate of former state House speaker Jim Black.

Optometrist Michael Scott Edwards of Murfreesboro was indicted in September on four counts of felony perjury. A Wake County grand jury accused Edwards of failing to file accurate campaign finance reports for the political action committee of the N.C. State Optometric Society.

Black, who is on the witness list for Edwards' trial but isn't expected to testify, hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing in the case.

In February 2006, Edwards refused to testify at State Board of Elections hearings into whether Black, D-Mecklenburg, violated any campaign finance regulations. Others told the board how Edwards allegedly collected checks on which the payee lines were left blank. The checks came from members of the society's political action committee.

Witnesses told the Board of Elections that many of the checks were passed on to Black. They testified that Black directed where the money should go and filled in the payee on some of the checks.

Edwards' attorney, Stephen Smith, filed a motion Monday to dismiss the case, contending that Edwards never committed perjury because campaign treasurers aren't sworn to attest financial records. But Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens denied the motion.

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  • normalthinking Feb 6, 2007

    You can bet this wimp is gonna turn on anybody he can to save his a-- next up good ol Jimmy himself

  • OLD PIRATE Feb 6, 2007

    But Black remains clean?

  • LTL Feb 5, 2007


  • Punky Feb 5, 2007

    Good, I hope the justice system makes an example out of all these crooked politicians.

  • pcmd10 Feb 5, 2007

    Awww, poor little blind mouse dude! Gotta face the music. Thank god, the legal system is not easily swayed by politics.

  • BLA BLA BLA Feb 5, 2007

    Wearin shades in court also.mm bad sign

  • BLA BLA BLA Feb 5, 2007

    See no evil
    Hear no evil
    Speak no evil

  • spiritwarriorwoman Feb 5, 2007

    Right on!
    Praying for truth and justice.
    God bless.
    Rev. RB