Leading from the Left

Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Black Day for North Carolina Politics

Yesterday, former State House Speaker Jim Black was sentenced to 63 months in prison, a punishment he surely deserves for breaking the law, violating the public trust, and besmirching the reputation of the NC State House. The N&O had excellent coverage; read their lead story here.

Yesterday's sentence was handed down by a federal judge, and Black is still waiting to be sentenced by a state court judge. That sentence could add as much as 2 years to his sentence.

Black made a series of bad decisions--taking cash contributions, bribing Michael Decker, and taking what amounted to bribes himself in bathrooms in chain restaurants. It's pathetic that a man of such talent and political prowess chose to plunge into a cesspool of dirty politics. More so for the state than the man, it is a black day.