Mike Easley avoids disbarment after felony

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley will be able to resume practicing law at end of this year under an agreement reached with the State Bar on his punishment related to a campaign finance-related felony in 2010.

A disciplinary panel on Friday approved the agreement between the Bar and Easley in which his law license will be suspended for another 11 months. His license was suspended more than a year ago while the Bar investigated his case.

The Democrat was convicted in November 2010 for an improperly filed campaign finance report.

Lawyers convicted of felonies often are disbarred, but the signed agreement says the panel concluded a lesser punishment was suitable in part because there's no evidence Easley knew what was in the report.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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I find it odd that Mike Easley's conviction is not listed on the North Carolina Department Of Correction Offender Public Information webpage?

Why is this? This is public record for anyone with a misdemeanor or felony conviction in North Carolina

Check for yourself: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/

Mike Easley is not listed?

For the record: Mike Easly agreed to an Alford plea of a Class I Felony and fined 1000.00 by NC Superior Court "Judge Osmond Smith"

It would be great if WWAY TV 3 investigated this by questioning the NC DOC.

He'll be able to represent Bev Perdud at her trial.

What a joke. He is lucky he is not behind bars. Now he is able to continue practicing law? Give me a break.

It's easy for bar members to squirm out of disbarment.

When lawyers regulate themselves, what can we expect?

Just look at Mike Nifong. He intentionally tried to railroad the Duke lacrosse players, and when sued, declared bankruptcy.

Sleaze bags regulating sleaze bags.

So Easley had his license temporarily revoked for a campaign finance report being improperly filled out and Julia Boseman forges her campaign finance report and she still has her license. Good to know how justice is served.

There was enough evidence that he was convicted by a court of law!

Interesting to note that the Arkansas State Bar had enough integrity to disbar Bill Clinton for perjury, but the North Carolina Bar can't bring themselves to disbar a man who was not only convicted of a felony, but was into ignoring campaign finance laws up to his eyeballs, as anyone who reads a newspaper or watches TV knows. Any wonder that so many people have a negative view of attorneys?

This crook has avoided jail time and now he gets to keep his licence to practice law after breaking it. Thats just the ones we know about and have been proven. The good ole' boy system is alive and well.

Nifong for Governor 2012