Last week, the North Carolina Supreme Court broke new ground for a state court in the South. Not only did the justices nullify a death sentence poisoned by racism, they also spoke directly to the death penalty’s “egregious legacy” of racially discriminatory application. “The same racially oppressive beliefs that fueled segregation manifested themselves through public lynchings," the court wrote, "the disproportionate application of the death penalty against African-American defendants, and the exclusion of African-Americans from juries.”...
This year, for the second time since 2012, not a single person was sentenced to death in North Carolina. Our state is clearly realizing that, while no punishment can heal the terrible grief of violent crime, life without ...Read more 2
After representing death sentenced inmates for more than 30 years, I thought I was beyond surprise. Yet, in the past year, I have been surprised — and deeply disturbed — not once but twice. First, my client Henry ...Read more Comments Off on Glaring injustices confirm that NC death penalty is broken beyond repair
A veteran death penalty lawyer reflects on his work and our flawed capital punishment system In June 1989, my client Leo Edwards was the last man in Mississippi to be executed in a gas chamber. I watched as ...Read more Comments Off on Three decades of battling injustice
On June 19, Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, a groundbreaking law that people across North Carolina worked for years to enact. Our hope, as supporters of the Racial Justice Act, ...Read more Comments Off on Demise of death penalty will continue despite repeal of Racial Justice Act