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Friday, July 27, 2007

Black asks judge again to delay start date

He will be housed at federal prison in Pennsylvania

Former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black pleaded yesterday for an extra week before starting a five-year federal prison term on Monday, telling a judge that he needs more time to report to a Pennsylvania prison and face sentencing for another political corruption crime.

Judge Terrence Boyle of U.S. District Court ordered Black, 72, to report to prison on Monday, one day before he was to be sentenced on separate charges in state court. Through his attorneys, Black asked that he start his sentence Aug. 6.

The additional week also would allow Black to get himself to a prison in Lewisburg, Pa., where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons decided that he will serve his sentence, his lawyers said.

The judge had not issued a ruling by yesterday afternoon.


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