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N.C. legislature’s death penalty plan: Remove safeguards, add secrecy, ignore innocence

Despite high profile exonerations in NC, lawmakers say we need to hurry up and execute people.

The idea defies reason, and yet, this week the N.C. House took some disturbing and misguided steps to restart executions.

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.

State Defense Bar Joins Call for Clemency in McHone Case And So Should We

For only the second time in state history the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers is intervening to seek clemency for a prisoner on death row. As I have chronicled here, there are three individuals schedule to be executed in the next month and all three have received calls for clemency for their own families and the families of the victims, which happen to be the same in all three cases.

McHone was convicted for a string of petty crimes prior to the murder. Then he was convicted of shooting his mother and father because they would not give him money to pay off restitution that he owed on a previous criminal conviction. He is sentenced to be executed on Friday.

Executions to Frame Thanksgiving

Getting into the holiday spirit, North Carolina has decided to execute three individuals between Nov. 11th and the first week of December. The AP has picked up on these executions and noted that they bracket the Thanksgiving holiday.

The facts of these cases give fascinating insights into our legal system. And all of them have family members of both sides asking Easley for clemency. As someone against the death penalty, I am against all of the executions, but I wonder whether Easley will grant any of the clemencies.

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