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Former Lawmaker Starts Federal Prison Stay

Posted September 4, 2007

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— Former state lawmaker Michael Decker on Tuesday reported to a federal prison in Bennettsville, S.C.

Decker pleaded guilty in August 2006 to taking money from former House Speaker Jim Black in 2003 to switch political parties. The move helped Black retain a share of power in the evenly divided House.

A judge sentenced Decker to four years in prison, but prosecutors asked to have his sentence cut in half, saying he helped strengthen their corruption case against Black.

Black is serving a 63-month sentence at a federal prison camp in Pennsylvania.


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  • gopanthers Sep 4, 2007

    How Sad - NOT! bye-bye.

  • Joy4u2 Sep 4, 2007

    another one bites the dust ( To vote or not to vote ) that is the question? doesn't really matter they still gonna!! keep on raisen them taxes!!!

  • William Tell Sep 4, 2007

    It will be like going to work for him. After all, the last few months it seems like our entire government has been indicted for 1 thing or another. He will probably feel right at home, with all his friends being there too.

  • fredssmithisnotmysenator Sep 4, 2007

    Maybe he can room with Fred Smith when he finally caught.

  • Tax Man Sep 4, 2007

    You are correct - public corruption should cause a doubling of the sentence and fines! This guy and Jim Black should never walk the streets again - they cheated the entire state - robbed us and passed laws that will cost us money for the rest of our lives and for our grandchildren - they should never be released. And we need to keep finding these crooks in government and keep locking them up. There are still hundreds out there in NC alone - and then there is the US Congress which is full of corruption. Nail them!

  • pdl Sep 4, 2007

    I agree with HP. At least they are catching a fair number of the crooks in state govt. The penalties for elected public servants should be twice what it would be for a regular citizen. How can we ever expect things to get better when all they get is a slap on the hand.

  • areyou.serious Sep 4, 2007

    Enjoy the all expense paid - 4 year vacation!

  • HP Sep 4, 2007

    Thats why NC doesn't have any money! All these crooks in office are stealing it.
    We are being taxed to death in NC & they are always whining about money.
    All this money these politicians are stealing doesn't get recovered, so what are they doing to recover it? Taxing us middle class people some more.
    I vote & they always say voting makes the difference. I am wondering about that.
    Lets go vote another crook in office.

  • Karmageddon Sep 4, 2007

    He's done for as a democrat and a republican. Maybe by the time he gets out he'll be a Libertarian

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 4, 2007

    You go shine!i hope they keep on searching for these crooks in office. posted by mramorak

    You don't have to look to far, they are all crooks!