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Republicans to examine immunity law in Easley case

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By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Republicans plan to examine a North Carolina law that contributed to a plea agreement allowing former Gov. Mike Easley to emerge from a vast investigation into his life with just a $1,000 fine.

Both the prosecutor and an attorney for the two-term Democratic governor say the 1973 law became a subject of argument for weeks before the two sides reached an agreement. Both say the General Assembly should offer some clarity.

The law appears to offer immunity to anyone who testifies before the State Board of Elections. Rowan County District Attorney Bill Kenerly says the law contributed to his decision to negotiate a plea deal with Easley.

Republican Sen. Phil Berger says the law appears to need clarification.

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