Mike Easley jury reconvenes Wednesday

December 16, 2009 8:51:26 AM PST
A federal grand jury investigating former NC Governor Mike Easley will reconvene Wednesday.

There's a new batch of subpoenas. Three workers at the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources will testify.

Investigators want to know if state employees were influenced to fast-track permits for developers connected to the former governor.

Jurors have already heard from a parade of witnesses who were involved in the Easley administration.

The federal investigation is wide ranging -- probing into land deals, free cars provided to the Easley family, free flights from campaign contributors and a high paying job for the then first lady Mary Easley at NC State.

Six current and former DENR employees were subpoenaed the last time the jury convened.

The jury likely asked did developers who were friends with Easley get special consideration for development permits?

Last month federal investigators watched the NC Board of Elections grill Easley associated like developer Gary Allen during a probe of Easley's campaign financing.

They didn't hear much from Allen.

"I don't specifically recall that," Allen testified. He went on to not recall several more times during his time on the stand.

Easley's former attorney, Ruffin Poole, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the board of elections.

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