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Black Sentencing Could Be Delayed Again

Posted July 5, 2007

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— Sentencing for former House Speaker Jim Black on federal corruption charges might not take place for at least another month.

Defense attorney Ken Bell requested that U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle approve a 35-day continuance so he could review a pre-sentence report compiled by probation officers.

Bell filed a motion for the delay because the pre-sentence report calls for the possibility of a longer prison sentence for Black that expected.

Black was scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday on charges that he accepted at least $25,000 from chiropracters between 2002 and 2005 while shepherding legislation favorable to the industry.

The pre-sentence report included Black's role in providing $50,000 to the campaign of former Rep. Michael Decker in exchange for Decker's 2003 switch to the Democratic Party, which helped Black retain a share of the House speakership.

Black has denied bribing Decker. Decker is serving four years in prison on a charge of accepting a bribe.

Bell said in his request for the delay that probation officials previously told him that the Decker bribe wouldn't be included when officials determined a sentencing recommendation for Black.

This is the second time Black's sentencing has been delayed.

He initially was to be sentenced in May, but that was postponed after Bell asked that U.S. District Judge James Dever step aside because of his past dealings with Black. Dever later recused himself.

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  • richard2 Jul 7, 2007

    This justice is stinking more with each delay.

  • erstamey Jul 6, 2007

    put him in a cell right next to libby

  • Panther Jul 6, 2007

    Ncsufamily24 You are correct, he squeal like a dog if it gets his butt out of jail! No honor between thieves.

  • hpr641 Jul 6, 2007

    He's holding out for an Easley pardon, huh? Ah, this is federal court proceeding - Easley has no standing to grant a pardon. A friend of the court brief, maybe, but not a pardon. That said, if Hillarious Clinton does get elected, she'll pardon Black on her way out (assuming he sends a nice fat check to the construction of her presidential library).

  • ncnurse Jul 6, 2007

    He is holding out for an Easley pardon...... Won't surprise me if he gets it.

  • weasleyes Jul 5, 2007

    He will keep getting it continued for one reason or another, hoping that people will tire of it.

  • then who cares Jul 5, 2007

    What is the excuse for all this special treatment?!?!? How many people get to run free after being found guilty? When will it be convenient for him to serve his time? He was a lawmaker!! He has no excuse!! He abused the trust of the people he pretended to be serving!! He was self-serving!! Now he needs to start serving his sentence!!

  • FragmentFour Jul 5, 2007

    WRAL--Bell said in his request for the delay that probation officials previously told him that the Decker bribe wouldn't be included when officials determined a sentencing recommendation for Black.

    So the probabion officials changed their minds and recommended a stiffer sentence than previously stated? Is this something they have to get okayed by Bell before they can do? The next time Black comes up for a sentencing, will Bell demand a delay if it's scheduled on a Tuesday or before noon msybe?

  • 3forme Jul 5, 2007

    convicted for this...how much in the past that we don't know about....put him on a road crew cleaning up ..

  • ncsufamily24 Jul 5, 2007

    Odds are, he's turned snitch. Some of you ole DemoRATS better be
    watching your backs. Jimbo ain't going down alone. Just wait and see.

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