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Judge says hearing scheduled in Easley probe

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By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A judge says a hearing is planned in the investigation of former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said Monday that there will be a hearing in Wake County on Tuesday. Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly has been reviewing whether Easley or others broke campaign finance laws.

Kenerly received the case last Oct. 30, when the State Board of Elections fined Easley's campaign committee $100,000. The board determined there was enough evidence to show the committee failed to report dozens of flights that ex-political ally McQueen Campbell said he flew for Easley between 1999 and 2004.

Kenerly and an attorney for Easley did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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easley pleas and Poole gets prison time?

What am I missing here? Easley's assistant was treated more harshly than Easley himself. It is an outrage that he walks away with a fine that is no loss from his wallet. Also, I noticed that his attorney used the adjective "temporary" when describing the loss of Easley's law license. Does this mean once the media moves on to something else that he be allowed to get his license back?

Perhaps

the Judge will order Big Mike to pay the $100,000 fine levied against his campaign committee which conveniently has no money to pay the fine.

Or, perhaps ala Spiro Agnew a deal has been cut while Big Mike has maintained his innocence.