More leaders face charges leading from his conviction By Barry Smith / Freedom Raleigh Bureau January 13, 2008 – 9:00PM RALEIGH — Will the indictment of state Rep. Thomas Wright be the final shoe to drop in the scandal involving those associated with former House Speaker Jim Black?
“Who knows?” said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina. A complaint filed by Hall’s group regarding the influence of campaign contributions by people involved in the video poker industry contributed to an investigation that brought down Black, a Mecklenburg County Democrat who served four terms as speaker.
Black is now serving a 63-month sentence in prison on federal corruption charges that he accepted $25,000 from three chiropractors to help shepherd favorable legislation through the General Assembly. He also has a $1 million fine on state corruption charges. (more…)