RALEIGH - Given the kind of Southern Connecticut neighborhood where I grew up, it would have been safe to assume that at least one of my buddies would land in prison.
Two dozen of us regularly played ball together. Of those, at least four died in motorcycle wrecks, another in Vietnam and one became a priest. Subtract them and you still had 18 guys who could have been tripped up by the gambling, petty larceny and general misbehavior rampant around Momauguin.
Remarkably, so far as I know, none landed in prison. But, that’s not what I can say about the folks with whom I “grew up,” so to speak, professionally. Sometime this year, former House Speaker Jim Black will head to federal prison for up to 63 months on corruption convictions. He will make the sixth politician I’ve regularly covered as a journalist who has landed in prison.