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Jim Black on Way to Pa. to Serve Prison Sentence

Posted August 3, 2007

— Former House Speaker Jim Black started his journey to Lewisburg, Pa., Friday to start serving his 63-month prison sentence.

Black left the Franklin County Jail in handcuffs and boarded a van with other inmates. He will serve his sentence at a minimum-security federal prison.

The 72-year-old Mecklenburg County Democrat led the House for eight years as speaker. But in February, Black pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of illegally taking more than $25,000 in cash from several chiropractors while pushing their agenda in the state Legislature.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to eight to 10 months in prison and was fined $1 million on a state obstruction of justice charge. Black's state sentence will run at the same time as his federal sentence.

"It was the most foolish and stupid thing I have ever done. It embarrassed my family and the Legislature," Black said in court Tuesday. "It was improper and I knew it was improper."


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  • Proud Airman Aug 5, 2007

    It is good that our government has made the point that corruption will not be tolerated. Let's hope this trend continues on the lower levels in misdemeanor and traffic court. There are too many "petty" criminals that are repeat offenders because the courts let them get away with too many things. Too Many Second Chances!!!

  • bbad238 Aug 3, 2007

    "I know it has been said somewhere, but is the name of the prison that Mr. Black will be going to in PA?"

    The Alderson Women's Prison Camp? Oh wait.. that was Meg Scott Phipps. He's going to Lewisburg PA, there's a minimum security facility there. I have to wonder how these "other inmates" will treat him. Probably not too well :(

  • pomodoroz Aug 3, 2007

    "It was the most foolish and stupid thing I have ever done" said Black.

    Correction "For which I got caught". Too bad he didn't flip on his fellow pol/thug/perps. Is there yet honor amongst thieves?

  • yacs Aug 3, 2007

    Nah, nah...nah, nah, nah, nah...hey, hey, hey...good-bye!

  • doodad Aug 3, 2007

    Good riddence!

  • richard2 Aug 3, 2007

    Who is next?

  • Sarge Aug 3, 2007

    have you read the documents that are public... interesting to say the least.

  • nbforrest Aug 3, 2007

    I hope someone uses him for a condum!

  • nbforrest Aug 3, 2007

    They shoud shoot him and all his scumbag buddies!All the politicians are scum! It is unreal how sorry they are! If you think some are honest; you are a complete idiot!!!!

  • f6rider Aug 3, 2007

    What's so sad is, he didn't do anything that most other politicians haven't done the difference is he got caught.
    The system is just trying to make an example of the poor man.

    Politicians and Lawyers, most all of them have the same ethics if you were to examine them closely enough. Most all of them love a $ and would sell their soles for it. Money is the root of all evil!