Legal Ethics

Former NC Gov Mike Easley Faces State Bar Complaint After Taking Plea in Campaign Finance Case

Last year, former North Carolina governor Mike Easley disappeared from the attorney roster of McGuireWoods and took an Alford plea after being accused of violating campaign-finance reporting law.

His law license was temporarily suspended in December 2010 after his criminal conviction on a single felony count, and now the state bar has filed a disciplinary case against him, WRAL’s @NCCapitol blog reports.

The complaint, which was filed today, seeks sanctions for what the bar complaint calls “conviction of a criminal offense showing professional unfitness,” according to the station.

The News & Observer also has a story.

Additional and related coverage: (Jan. 2010): “Young Lawyer’s Soaring Career Is Interrupted by Federal Indictment”

Associated Press (April 2010): “Ruffin Poole, former aide to ex-NC gov, pleads guilty in court” (June 2010): “Ex-NC Governor and AG Mike Easley Is On Leave From McGuireWoods” (Dec. 2010): “Law License of Ex-Gov and Ex-AG of NC Is Suspended After Criminal Conviction”

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