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Mike Easley petitioning to get his law license back

Former Gov. Mike Easley wants his law license back.

The license of Easley, a lawyer, former state attorney general and two-term Democratic governor, had been suspended until last month by the state agency that regulates lawyers as a result of Easley’s felony conviction in 2010 on a campaign finance violation.

Easley, 62, gave up his law license as he accepted the conviction, which was the result of a plea deal that avoided at least one other possible charge and ended lengthy state and federal investigations of Easley. More here.

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Lawyer Staples Hughes was trying to do the right thing when he disclosed information that could help prove a man innocent of murder.

Now it may cost him his law license, Titan Barksdale reports.

Hughes, the state's appellate defender, disclosed earlier this year that his client, a co-defendant in the murder, had confessed 20 years earlier that he alone killed Roland and Lisa Matthews in Fayetteville.

After his client, Jerry Cashwell, died, Hughes spoke up. The confession, coupled with challenges to how bullet evidence was analyzed, could get a new trial for Lee Wayne Hunt, who was convicted of the slayings 21 years ago and sentenced to life in prison.

It also puts Hughes in a fight for his career. (N&O)

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