Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

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214—number of days since half-brothers Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, both mentally disabled, were freed from prison on September 4, 2014 after serving 30 years behind bars for a rape and murder they did not commit (“Half-brothers to go free after convictions overturned in 1983 murder,” WRAL-TV, September 2, 2014)

30—number of his 30 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit that Henry McCollum spent on death row awaiting his execution (News release, Center for Death Penalty Litigation, September 2, 2014)

7—number of his 30 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit that Leon Brown spent on death row awaiting his execution before his sentence was changed to life in prison after a retrial in 1991 (Ibid)

45—amount in dollars that McCollum and Brown each received from prison officials when they were released after serving 30 years behind bars for a crime they did not commit (“For Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, freedom has a cost, News & Observer, February 1, 2015)

64—number of days since the Raleigh News & Observer reported that the water in Brown and McCollum’s house was turned off because they couldn’t afford to pay the bill and that the two men were surviving on donations of lawyers and other supporters (Ibid)

50,000—amount in dollars that the people wrongly incarcerated in North Carolina are eligible to receive for every year behind bars— up a maximum of $350,000— if they receive a pardon of innocence from the governor (Ibid)

214—number of days since Governor Pat McCrory said that he was “heartened to see the convictions of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown vacated by the court” and that his office would begin reviewing their applications for a pardon “as soon as they were received.”  (News Release, Office of Governor Pat McCrory, September 4, 2014)

207—number of days since lawyers for McCollum and Brown formally filed their requests for a pardon so the two men could receive their financial compensation for being wrongly incarcerated for almost 31 years (“For Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, freedom has a cost, News & Observer, February 1, 2015)

207—number of days McCollum and Brown have been waiting for a response from the office of Governor Pat McCrory to their request for a pardon of innocence (Ibid)

64—number of days since the governor’s office refused to respond to calls, emails and texts from the News & Observer asking about the status of the pardon request (Ibid)

18—number of days since Gov. Pat McCrory attended Stevie Nicks concert in Greensboro (Gov. Pat McCrory’s official Twitter account, March 18, 2015)

6—number of days since Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed March 31 Richard Petty Day in North Carolina (News Release, Office of Governor Pat McCrory, March 31, 2015)

3—number of days since Governor Pat McCrory issued statement hailing the progress of Durham native Lowell Oakley as he continues his competition on the NBC program, “The Voice.”  (News Release, Office of Governor Pat McCrory, March 31, 2015)