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Judge OKs Sending Black to Prison at Butner

Posted July 25, 2007
Updated July 26, 2007

— A federal judge has approved a request by former House Speaker Jim Black to serve his sentence for a public corruption conviction at the federal prison in Butner.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle ordered Black to report to prison by next Monday, but the 72-year-old Mecklenburg County Democrat has asked to delay reporting until Sept. 10 so he could go to some medical appointments and be sentenced on state charges.

Black was sentenced two weeks ago to 63 months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of accepting an illegal gratuity. He admitted accepting more than $25,000 in cash from chiropractors over several years while backing legislation favorable to the industry in the state House.

Black is scheduled to be sentenced on state bribery and obstruction of justice charges next Tuesday. Federal prosecutors said in court papers filed Wednesday that the sentencing would be delayed if Black is required to report to prison on Monday as initially ordered.

Boyle hasn't yet ruled on Black's request for a delay.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has the final say in determining where Black will serve his sentence.


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  • iwihaiowtu Jul 26, 2007

    told you guys he wasnt going to Butner...

  • dlb800 Jul 26, 2007

    Yes, I did vote for Bush. Don't get me wrong, I am not happy with him (as most conservatives are), but he isn't a KNOWN criminal.

    And please don't bring up the war in Iraq makes him a criminal. He saw the same intelligence as everyone who in congress who voted to go to war. Kerry voted, Hillary voted.. blah blah blah.

    I'm sorry if the anti-war crowd doesn't understand that a statement is a lie only if you know it to be false when you make it. Just because a statement turns out to be false does not make it a lie.

    But... since you mentioned "conservatives"... Yes..I vote
    conservative, well, supposedly because they are for smaller
    government (although that doesn't quite seem true now), and
    more frugal spending (again, not quite true anymore).

    I understand that there are both conservative AND liberal
    criminals in politics, but the point was, Black IS a criminal
    and he is a KNOWN criminal, and he's still voted back into office.

  • RIP- Yogi Bear Jul 26, 2007

    Adios- Au revoir- C-ya!

  • d1_standing Jul 26, 2007


    I am guessing that you voted for "conservatives" like Bush; and I bet you are enjoying with them some of this country's proudest moments.

  • shine Jul 26, 2007

    I am suprised that anyone and I mean anyone gets to delay the time that they have to spend in a prison sentence. Does everyone else have the same right?

  • djofraleigh Jul 25, 2007

    "Federal prosecutors said in court papers filed Wednesday that the sentencing would be delayed if Black is required to report to prison on Monday as initially ordered."

    I don't see why it would ahve to be delayed, for he will still be in jail whenever??

  • sorry Jul 25, 2007

    I will welcome him to Butner, We will make him feel just like he is home

  • shecares Jul 25, 2007

    Now he will write a book and make mooooooooore MONEY.

  • dlb800 Jul 25, 2007

    I agree with you "now". How can you vote a criminal back into office when you KNOW he's a criminal???? Why do we even have laws and a police force if you want to put the criminals in charge????

    I would be totally embarassed if I loved in Charlotte, and I would feel pretty stupid if I voted for him. Of course they are
    liberals, so they probably don't care or even realize how stupid it is to put criminals in office. After all, you are right, they'll vote for someone like Hillary or "My father was a
    mill worker" Edwards.

  • retSBI Jul 25, 2007

    Wherever! The bloodsucker is out of NC Taxpayers pocketbooks forever. Wish they had the rest of the Jones Steet crowd.