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DA: No Probe Into Contracts Awarded to Jim Black's Son

Posted April 10, 2008

— Wake County prosecutors say they won't pursue a criminal investigation of the son of former House Speaker Jim Black.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby confirmed for WRAL that there is not enough significant evidence to support a case against Jon Black.

Willoughby said the State Bureau of Investigation interviewed several people about Black's company, which won contracts to provide pest control services at three state prisons.

The probe began after a subcontractor said he was ordered to hire Black Pest Control to satisfy an unidentified lawmaker whose vote helped get the prisons built. Willoughby said the SBI was unable to corroborate that claim.

Jim Black is serving a federal prison sentence on corruption charges unrelated to the prison contracts.

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  • mike275132 Apr 11, 2008

    And the political corruption continues. The corrupt Democratic machine rolls also almost as good as Huey P. Long's Louisiana or New York's Tammany Hall.

    Vote Change!

  • ratherbnnc Apr 10, 2008

    Things that could impede a rising political career - backs accustomed to being scratched & scratched back...
    oldschooltarheel

    Why would Colon Willoughby have a rising political career? he has already been the Dist Attorney for more years than i can remember.

  • anonemoose Apr 10, 2008

    Seems that grasshopper (the one that got sentenced monday) didn't learn well from the master (black).

  • Just Once Apr 10, 2008

    I say probe away. Nip it in the bud. I don't like people that waste my money to pay some stinking politician.

  • oldschooltarheel Apr 10, 2008

    Got to wonder if that "probe" began to uncover more than Wake County DA wanted to uncover. Things that could impede a rising political career - backs accustomed to being scratched & scratched back...