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.