Local Politics

Headed for Pa. Prison, Black Asks for Week Delay

Posted July 26, 2007

— Former House Speaker Jim Black on Thursday asked again for a delay in reporting to federal prison so he could attend a scheduled sentencing hearing in Wake County court next Tuesday.

Black has been assigned to serve his sentence in Lewisburg, Pa., a minimum-security federal prison camp that also housed some of the Watergate conspirators. He had asked to be assigned to the federal prison in Butner, where he could take part in an alcohol treatment program, but the U.S. Bureau of Prisons decided against keeping him in North Carolina.

The 72-year-old Mecklenburg County Democrat 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.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on state bribery and obstruction of justice charges next Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle ordered him to report to prison by next Monday. Having initially asked to delay reporting until Sept. 10 so he could go to some medical appointments and be sentenced on state charges, Black filed a motion Thursday asking to be allowed to report on Aug. 6.

Black said a one-week delay would allow him to attend the state sentencing hearing without being transported back and forth between Raleigh and Pennsylvania. Such transfers could pose a threat to his health, the motion states, because he uses a medically prescribed device to help him sleep, and he wouldn't be allowed to take that with him when he is moved from one site to the next.

Boyle hasn't ruled on Black's initial request for a delay, but he reiterated the July 30 reporting date in an order filed Tuesday.


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  • Joy4u2 Jul 27, 2007

    Good bye so long fare well. Don't forget your sleep meds. Valium,zaniax booze, all that good stuff.

  • big brother Jul 27, 2007

    Have fun Jimbo!! Represent the democrats well!

  • doodad Jul 27, 2007

    Still a sneaky scoundrel!

  • Truth-teller Jul 27, 2007

    As a NC legislator, he is qualified for a lifetime income from the state retirement system, and lifetime free medical care.

    He broke federal and state law, cheated NC citizens, profited at the expense of the taxpayer, passed laws to his benefit and your loss(and worse).

    Justice would be loss of those retirement and health benefits, and requiring him to to provide free professional services to medicare/medicaid patients as long as he maintains a license. If he decides that he can't do that any longer (probably for "health" reasons), then put an ankle bracelet on him and restrict him to his home for 5 - 10 years.

  • gr Jul 27, 2007

    and just how much it this going to cost us to have him hauled back and forth from PA to NC?

  • OLD PIRATE Jul 27, 2007

    Dr. J mentioned another crook that hasn't been caught. First word a fish... Mr. Black had control of all of the local politicians. They all could tell you how much good Mr. Black was doing our area. I'm truly sorry to see anyone end their life like he will but he brought it all on his own ego. Now lets go after the fish...

  • thnkb4uspk Jul 27, 2007

    Now that I have watched Mr. Black do the delay dance, I actually admire Martha Stewart for sucking it up and going on to jail a bit early. She knew she was a goner, and she didn't want to look any worse than she already did; he just can't get over himself yet. "Oh what a falling off was there..." Shakespeare still says it best.

  • beachbum1 Jul 27, 2007

    Humm taking $25G's or lying to the high courts and the people. Can't believe why Bush won't pardon this guy...oh wait he's a dem

  • MacsRule Jul 27, 2007

    The sad thing is, I doubt any of the other bad apples in govt. are paying attention to this whole thing. They think, "Not me, I'll never get caught". Then they continue to lie, cheat and steal...

    I hope I'm wrong.

  • lucky22 Jul 27, 2007

    This guy has been on borrowed time for quiet awhile, I say ship him on out. If it were me they would have already sent me off. No more catering to this criminal. Like the old saying goes, if you can't do the time don't do the crime.