Ruffin Poole expected to surrender Friday

Former attorney for Gov. Mike Easley, Ruffin Poole arrives at a N.C. State Board of Elections hearing in downtown Raleigh on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. (Chris Seward)

January 26, 2010 9:00:00 PM PST
Former Governor Mike Easley's right hand man and legal counsel, Ruffin Poole, is expected to turn himself in Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Poole last week on 51 corruption counts, including bribery, extortion and money laundering.

Some experts believe the indictment is a sign of how federal prosecutors are building their case against Easley.

Poole also is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday.

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