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N.C. prosecutor who sent 5 to death row: It’s time to end death penalty

Twenty five years ago, as an assistant district attorney in Forsyth County, Vince Rabil helped put Blanche Taylor Moore on death row. Today, Rabil says it is time to end the death penalty and calls Moore — a frail 82-year-old still sitting on death row — “a living monument to the failure of a vanishing legal remedy.”

The next “right thing” for McCrory: Halt executions

Ten months after a judge declared them innocent, Gov. Pat McCrory has acknowledged what we already knew — Henry McCollum and Leon Brown are innocent of the crime for which they were sentenced to death.

McCrory said the pardon was “the right thing to do.” Now, we hope he will do the next right thing: Think about how many other innocent people might still be sitting on death row.

“We must reexamine a system that let an innocent man sit on death row for 30 years,” said Ken Rose, the CDPL attorney who represented McCollum for two decades. “How many more innocent people are still awaiting execution? The governor can and should call an official halt to executions in North Carolina until we know the answer to that question.”

We hope the Governor will let their pardon be a call to action, rather than simply the end to a tragic case. NC needs an official moratorium on executions in order to ensure we do not execute an innocent person.

NC needs to take note: Conservative Nebraska repeals death penalty

When conservative lawmakers in red state Nebraska recognize the death penalty has no place in modern society, the writing is on the wall - capital punishment is on borrowed time.

As today's editorial in the Charlotte Observer notes, Nebraska is arguably more conservative than Texas - and certainly more red than North Carolina.

Reasonable doubt: N.C. says 900 convictions based on bad evidence

Last week, the FBI admitted it had overstated the reliability of hair analysis in virtually every case where hair evidence was presented, including 36 cases where defendants were sentenced to death.

Buried in a Charlotte Observer editorial was a surprising admission: the NC Center on Actual Innocence is reexamining 900 convictions in which the State Bureau of Investigation may have used improper forensic evidence.

How many innocents must be released before we end the death penalty?

Columbus County, NC: On Friday, Joseph Sledge was the 8th man freed by the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission. Sledge's case, like so many we've seen in recent months, followed a disturbing trend: innocent men and women exonerated after decades in prison or on death row, with only the thinnest of evidence.

With so many cases of innocence in NC, how much longer will NC continue to tinker with the death penalty? Click here to read more

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