In the continuing crackdown of Nancy Pelosi’s nationwide “culture of corruption,” former North Carolina House Speaker Jim Black (DEMOCRAT-Mecklenberg Co.) is expected to plead guilty to a public corruption charge in federal court in Raleigh on Thursday, ending the career of North Carolina’s most powerful speaker of the modern political era.
Under the deal, Black is expected to plead guilty to one count of accepting illegal gratuities, according to his lawyer and an Observer source. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The court action will end a nearly two-year-long federal and state investigation that has rattled the state’s political establishment and has led to five associates of Black being found guilty in federal or state courts.
The long-running probe forced Black, 71, from the speaker’s office in December and paraded lawmakers, legislative staffers, political contributors and public officials in front of a federal grand jury.
“If the reports are correct, Thursday will be a sad day for the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Paul Stam, the House Republican leader. “I hope that every member resolves that under new management no one in the future will ever take illegal gratuities again.”
Fat chance. This is why we need to go back to the original concept of citizen-legislators both at the State and Federal levels.
Now, if only Empress Pelosi had the will or the desire to crack down on people in her own House! (*cough* Jefferson, Conyers, Life Partner Harry Reid *cough*)
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