Easley investigation continues

RALEIGH Federal prosecutors will be presenting evidence that could prove Easley was engaged in political corruption while in office.

If the grand jury decides there is enough evidence, Easley could face criminal charges.

The grand jury process is secret, but Eyewitness News has learned based on documents, that at 9 a.m., the grand jury will meet inside the federal building on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh.

Former NC State University Chancellor Jim Oblinger and former Provost Larry Nielsen have been subpoenaed to testify about the hiring of Mary Easley.

Last week, the university released e-mail messages revealing Governor Easley was involved in the hiring of his wife as an NC State professor.

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Another subpoena reveals the state auditor's office has been ordered to testify about its investigation focused on the hiring of Mary Easley.

Last month, the federal grand jury first heard testimony about Governor Easley's actions.

Highway Patrol Captain Alan Melvin, who ran the governor's security detail, testified.

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According to a subpoena released by the highway patrol, the grand jury focused on the Easley family's air travel on privately owned planes.

Oblinger issued a statement saying in part, "the hiring of Mary Easley involved no impropriety and no coercion." He says university officials acted "correctly and honorably".

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