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Governor Easley didn’t know about Kevin Geddings’ ties to lottery companies. He didn’t know his chief political aide orchestrated ads attacking three senators opposed to the lottery. But when he testified at the trial he did know how he felt about the press.

“Easley spent less than 15 minutes in the courtroom, offering perfunctory testimony on lottery appointments. As Easley left, he declined to comment. A television reporter asked whether he would wave to the cameras. ‘How about with one finger?’ Easley said, smiling.” (News and Observer; 10-4-06).

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