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Mike Easley avoids disbarment after felony

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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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