It was ridiculous that Jim Black's attorneys wanted to have him serve his sentence by giving eye exams and glasses to the poor. First of all, it was not just the poor that he defrauded. He committed offenses against the rich, the poor, and those in between. I am tired of everything being filtered through the emotional trap of being for the poor of for the children. People like myself are tax payers. The poor pay little or no taxes.
Black's sentencing was delayed at least an hour today. He had plead guilty to corruption charges. His lawyers tried to keep the former State House Speaker out of prison. I thought that he should go to PMITA prison for his crimes. Others thought that the public would be better served by him doing service to the state. He is no better than any other man or woman. Others who have been sentenced to prison have skills, as well. They don't get special treatment, so neither should Black.
Black still faces sentencing on state bribery and obstruction of justice charges.
Here is the online news article from WRAL.com.