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Black to get out of prison early

Posted March 2, 2010

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— Former state House Speaker Jim Black will get out of prison a year early, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Web site.

Black, who is serving a 63-month sentence for corruption at a federal prison in Jesup, Ga., is scheduled to be released in March 2011, according to the Web site. When he was transferred last year to Jesup from a federal prison camp in Lewisburg, Pa., his release date was listed as March 2012.

Black's attorney, Jim Craven of Durham, had requested that a year be taken off the sentence if Black completed alcohol treatment while in prison. Craven declined to comment Tuesday on the reason for the change in his release date, but a representative of the attorney said Black had earned good-behavior credits to trim time off his sentence.

Bureau of Prisons officials declined to comment.

Black, 74, pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges that he accepted illegal campaign contributions from chiropractors in exchange for supporting legislation favorable to the industry.

He also pleaded guilty in state court to bribery and obstruction of justice charges. The bribery charge was in connection to paying former Forsyth County lawmaker Michael Decker to switch parties in 2003 so Black could retain a share of the House speakership. The obstruction charge stemmed from encouraging chiropractors to fudge when speaking to authorities about cash they had given him.

The state prison sentences run at the same time as his federal sentence, and Black last year paid off a $1 million fine that was imposed for the bribery conviction.

The prison in Jesup is about 300 miles from Black's home near Charlotte.

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  • airbornemonty Mar 2, 2010

    Complete an alcohol treatment while in prison? Please tell me, what else can a prisoner do when he is in prison, join the refrain from using profanity treatment?

    As far as I know, there isn't supposed to be any alcohol in a prison, but then again, I could be wrong....

  • alwayslovingu30 Mar 2, 2010

    they are all crooks in my book.they should not get any time off perdue obama all crooks why is bev not included in Gov Easy'''''s crooked politics she was in on his tactics why is she not in jail yet she has done enough to be empeached already an still in office hum Politics/Corruption Post Please here are no lies

  • pbjbeach Mar 2, 2010

    I thought that governor dumpling has said that good time credits don't count an that they shouldn't count towards sentence reductions to reduce the time actually served.Question what chussy job has BEV GOT LINE UP FOR HIM SHE HAS ALREADY FILLED THE PROBATIONS POSITION WITH RAND THATS O.K. YOU CAN BET SHE''L FIND SOMETHING FOR HIM IF SHE HAS TO FIRE SOME OF THE RANK AN FILE TO MAKE THE COST WITHIN HER BUDGET FOR THE COST OF THE POSITION

  • scnewton Mar 2, 2010

    BLACK SHOULD NOT GET ONE MINUTE OFF FOR "GOOD BEHAVIOR".HE IS AS CROOKED AS THEY COME.HIS AGE SHOULD NOT BE A FACTOR-HE IS OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER BUT GREED GOT IN HIS WAY.

  • tatermommy52 Mar 2, 2010

    Hooray Dems walking out of prison.

  • Tarheelfan13 Mar 2, 2010

    Louise4, Black is not in a NC state prison but a federal prison. Black is under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

  • Frank Downtown Mar 2, 2010

    Why is he getting out early?

  • Joani P. Mar 2, 2010

    Black does not deserve to get a free pass. This cheating scoundrel should stay in prison till 2012!

  • Southern Girl Mar 2, 2010

    Hey, wonder of Governor Beverly will put him to work!!!

  • Southern Girl Mar 2, 2010

    Good behavior, my you know what. How good was his behavior when he was a corrupt politician.

    He should serve the entire sentence. I have no sympathy for him.

    If the courts release him, NC courts are weak, weak.

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