Amended order for Easley doesn't change punishment

RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The North Carolina State Bar has made slight changes to last week's disciplinary order for former Gov. Mike Easley that still leaves him without his law license until early December.

The amended order filed Thursday takes care of what a Bar lawyer called inadvertent errors involving the case of the two-term Democratic governor and why a panel agreed Easley should avoid disbarment for a campaign finance-related felony conviction.

The punishment remains the same. Easley still can't practice law for another 11 months, meaning his total suspension will be two years. In November 2010, Easley accepted criminal responsibility for an improperly filed campaign finance report.

The amended order makes clear he was governor when the original campaign report was filed and didn't have actual knowledge that report was false or incomplete.

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