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Black Ordered Not to Drink Alcohol, Remain in Western N.C.

Posted June 21, 2007

— A federal judge has ordered former House Speaker Jim Black to abstain from alcohol and to remain within 31 counties in western North Carolina as he awaits his sentencing next month, according to a court document filed Thursday.

Black, his attorney, his probation officer and U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle signed the change to the conditions of Black's release. The papers gave no reason for the change, saying only that it was "appropriate."

The Mecklenburg County Democrat pleaded guilty in February to one count of taking thousands of dollars in cash from chiropractors while promoting their industry's agenda.

The initial terms of Black's release permitted him to travel outside the country with permission from the government.

The new conditions restrict Black to the federal courts Western District while allowing him to go the Eastern District, which includes Raleigh and New Bern, for court appearances. He also can go to the federal court system's Middle District for medical appointments. The Middle District includes Winston-Salem, Durham and Chapel Hill, with their major medical centers. Any of those trips has to be approved, however.

Black, 72, also can't drink any alcohol and will submit to testing for it and other prohibited substances, according to the new rules.

Black faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in February to one count of accepting things of value in connection with the business of state government. Boyle has scheduled Black's sentencing hearing for July 11 in Raleigh.


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  • R from Raleigh Jun 22, 2007

    Don't you just hate it when a lying, stealing, thieving, bathroom stall bribe-taking, convicted in both state and federal courts, politician - drinks so much, a judge has to order him to stop. Otis of Mayberry would be so ashamed.

  • Tax Man Jun 22, 2007

    Panther - Yep! And that would be a good thing.

  • Panther Jun 22, 2007

    Tax Man if he squealed they would have to put 98% of the legislators in jail!

  • mramorak Jun 22, 2007

    Im withyou tax man!

  • HARDWRKR Jun 22, 2007

    This man cannot even open his mouth to talk, so how on earth could he ever be drinking alchol? He needs a good dose of that funny talking kind of alchol so he can name the rest of the crooks he ran around with and paid off to support his agenda. If you are new to this state, get used to crooks in high places, we have a ton of that kind, and we keep voting for them and sending money to them and we just simply love'em all. Just remember: BOHICA - BEND OVER, HERE IT COMES AGAIN!

  • Historians 12th Jun 22, 2007

    What memo did I miss? What's up with the alcohol restriction?

  • Halyard Jun 22, 2007

    What, has he been hittin' the juice all this time? No wonder he swore he'd done nothing wrong.

  • pinklady-1 Jun 22, 2007

    so, was he taking the money to buy alcohol?

  • Tax Man Jun 22, 2007

    They need to pressure this thug into revealing all of him criminal acts and all of those who conspired with him to cheat the taxpayers and voters of our fine state. Give him limited immunity from further prosecution so long as he fully cooperates. Once the other thousand or so criminals are tried and convicted, give him ten years in the federal prison and then allow NC to sentence him. He would have to cooperate with the NC prosecutors as well. I sure hope the IRS & NCDOR are working on this too, because I am completely sure this crook took and passed hundreds of millions of dollars that should be taxed. He needs to turn over all of his contact information, calendars, computer records, phone records - everything! The prosecutors could work this NC corruption case for the next twenty years and still have more defendants to prosecute.

  • wizard633 Jun 22, 2007

    A crook & a drunk! Imagine that!