Skip to comments.Former NC RAT Governor Mike Easley enters felony plea agreement ($1000 fine - no prison time)
Posted on 11/23/2010 10:27:18 AM PST by Libloather
Former NC Gov. Mike Easley enters felony plea agreement
Updated: Nov 23, 2010 12:34 PM EST
RALEIGH, NC (WBTV/AP) - The former governor of North Carolina has entered a plea agreement over a false campaign finance report.
Former Governor Mike Easley entered an Alford plea in Wake County court, which means he acknowledged the state's evidence could result in a conviction without having to admit any guilt. By entering the plea Easley would avoid any prison time.
Prosecutors say the plea also ends a federal probe that started in February 2009, a month after he left office.
As a part of the plea deal, Easley consented to a $1,000 fine after state and federal prosecutors spent more than a year combing through his life.
Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith still must agree to the plea deal.
The agreement stems from the investigation by Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly, who was brought in to examine the case after the State Board of Elections fined Easley's campaign $100,000.
(Excerpt) Read more at wbtv.com ...
Good thing he didn’t roll through a right at a red light camera, his fine would have been much larger.
Just the ruling class looking out for one of their own.
$1000! Easley and his wife stole hundreds of thousands!
Just another corrupt democrat. What an idiot.
He'll be a lobbyist before the end of of the year, pulling down 6 figures again.
Crime does pay.
Note the familiar names to those of us on the DukeLax ping list.
Easley enters plea to felony campaign finance charge
Mike Easley, North Carolina’s governor from 2001 to 2009, became a convicted felon today when he entered a plea to violating state campaign finance laws.
He will not serve time but will pay a $1,000 fine.
Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith endorsed the deal shortly after noon during a hearing at the Wake County courthouse. It ends nearly two years of state and federal probes that had surrounded Easley, a Democrat who served two terms as governor and two terms as attorney general.
How soon until the felony conviction is expunged?
You almost wouldn’t know he’s a Dem from reading the reports...
Joe Cheshire was one of (W)Easley’s attorneys.
The article in question certainly does not mention his political affiliation.
In that case, ALWAYS assume democrat.
Why bother fining him if it’s going to be that low of a fine? They should have just let him off scot-free like they really wanted to.
Yeah, I’m sure there is no conflict of interest here. /sarc
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