Wilmington 10 Pardoned

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Great news, Curmilus.

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue announced on Monday a pardon for the Wilmington 10 — nine men and one woman who spent nearly a decade in jail for crimes they did not commit.

This is the kind of work we do, Curmilus. Led by North Carolina NAACP State Conference President Rev. William Barber, the NAACP worked diligently alongside The Wilmington 10 Pardon of Innocence Project, the Wilmington Journal and the National Newspaper Publishers Association and partners throughout North Carolina and around the country to shed light on the case of the Wilmington 10, and it paid off.

And it wouldn’t have been possible without our NAACP members. That’s why I’m asking you to celebrate this incredible victory by joining the NAACP today.

The pardoning of the Wilmington 10 is a crucial chapter in a story of more than four decades spent trying to right a great injustice. These civil rights activists created powerful enemies in their fight to stop school segregation. Rather than being honored as civil rights heroes, they were hounded as criminals. In 1971, the Wilmington 10 were framed for conspiracy and arson, and sentenced to a combined 282 years in jail. Then, dedicated civil rights activists went to work, raising awareness about the blatant prosecutorial misconduct and witness-statement fabrication that led to this wrongful conviction.

The convictions of the Wilmington 10 were overturned in 1980. Last year, the seven surviving members of the group petitioned Governor Perdue for a pardon and restitution for their years in jail.

And our victory sends a strong message that — no matter where or when injustice occurs — we will stop at nothing to bring it to light and right the committed wrongs.

The Wilmington 10 won’t be the last. These are fights worth winning. Please join the NAACP today, so we can have these same great successes in the future:

http://action.naacp.org/celebrate-wilmington-join-today

We look forward to working with you. Happy new year. Let’s make 2013 a great one, together.

Thank you.

Ben

Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO
NAACP

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Gov. Perdue Signs Historic Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10 Press Release From The NAACP NC

 

NC NAACP Letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

31 December 2012

 

For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                                Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                                Atty. Al McSurely, Communications Chair, 919-381-0856

 

Gov. Perdue Signs Historic Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10

NAACP News Conference Held in Raleigh December 31, 2012

at Martin Street Baptist Church

 

RALEIGH – "Today the spirit of justice was awakened in the Capitol of North Carolina," said Rev. Barber. "Governor Beverly Perdue has signed a Pardon of Innocence for nine men and one woman known as ‘The Wilmington 10.’ These young people were non-violent protestors fighting for educational equality. They were framed, wrongfully convicted and incarcerated in connection to a fire bombing in Wilmington, NC over 40 years ago. These unjust convictions were due to racist manipulation of the court system and extraordinary and blatant racially motivated prosecutorial misconduct. A Federal Court overturned these convictions over 30 years ago but until today, NC had fallen short. In the last few days of her governorship, Governor Perdue has walked us into a season of epiphany."

 

            "In this season, NC has finally had a revelation and with this revelation comes a continued need for redemption and repentance from the stain of injustice. Not only will the civil rights and human rights communities honor this act, but history itself will record this day as groundbreaking. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Governor Perdue has proclaimed a contemporary emancipation for these freedom fighters, Benjamin Chavis, Connie Tindall, Marvin Patrick, Wayne Moore, Reginald Epps, Jerry Jacobs, James McKoy, Willie Earl Vereen, William Wright, Jr., and Ann Shepard, whose fight for justice will never be forgotten. These pardons are not only for North Carolina but also for the nation and for the world. We honor the Governor’s noble, courageous and righteous decision today and we commend her heart’s steadfast commitment to justice."

 

            Special thanks is extended to: The National Newspaper Publishers Association, The Wilmington Journal, Attorney James Ferguson, Attorney Irving Joyner, Attorney Al McSurely, Cash Michaels, Marry Thatch, Dr. Timothy Tyson, officers and members of the NAACP, and the thousands of persons who signed petitions, prayed and pushed for this dream to become reality.

 

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Breaking News – Gov. Perdue issues Pardon of Innocence for Wilmington 10

Response: It has been a long time coming. It is just a damn shame how black folks have endured such racist happenings back in the day. Now this was in my life time I was born in 1962 and this happened in 1971. And some black folks act as if they have arrived. How in the hell can you do that when your brothers and sisters have suffered these types of injustices like the Wilmington 10.

I am honored to have been the 1st Vice President of the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP in 1993 when Benjamin Chavis former National NAACP Executive Director came to Greenville North Carolina for our State Convention. I took a picture with him along with Andre Knight and Lewis Turner. I had the picture enlarged to hang on my wall.

Lewis Turner was married to Ann Shepard in the 70’s.

Thank you Governor Perdue for doing the right thing.

Just spoke to Lewis Turner and he gave me some history about what happened during the time of Ann Shepard going to jail. He will share what they had to do about her children during her transition to jail. Going to meet with him on tomorrow to do a DVD.

Curmilus Dancy II
The Political Agitator
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RALEIGH, N.C. –Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue issued pardons Monday to the Wilmington 10, a group wrongly convicted 40 years ago in a notorious Civil Rights-era prosecution that led to accusations that the state was holding political prisoners.

Perdue issued pardons of innocence Monday for the nine black men and one white woman who were given prison sentences totaling nearly 300 years for the 1971 firebombing of a Wilmington grocery store after police shot a black teenager. (More)

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Editorial – For Wilmington 10, Gov. Perdue has the chance to right an injustice four decades old – StarNews Online

Before Gov. Bev Perdue leaves office, she has the opportunity to close the book on one of the ugliest chapters in recent Wilmington history: the convictions of nine black men and a white woman whose trial trampled justice and their constitutional rights. Their case is why “the Wilmington 10” are well known far beyond the confines of Southeastern North Carolina. (More)

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Perdue appoints Beasley to Supreme Court – WTVD 11

RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Cheri Beasley to the Supreme Court of North Carolina Wednesday. Beasley, who is currently a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.

Timmons-Goodson announced last month she would retire Monday. She was the first African-American woman to serve on North Carolina’s highest court. (More)

NC lawmakers, Perdue make claims to bipartisanship – Charlotte Observer

RALEIGH, N.C. Whose definition of bipartisanship will North Carolina voters believe as they decide in November whether the Legislature should remain in Republican hands after a contentious two-year session?

This year’s General Assembly’s budget-adjustment term ended this past week after GOP leaders persuaded a handful of Democrats to help override three vetoes by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, including the budget bill for the second year in a row. (More)

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Butterfield Dismayed by State Democrats Support of Racial Justice Act Overhaul

 

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Date:  July 2, 2012

 

Contact: Kezmiché "Kim" Atterbury 
Office:    (202) 225.3101


Butterfield Dismayed by State Democrats Support of Racial Justice Act Overhaul

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today the North Carolina General Assembly voted to override Governor Perdue’s veto of SB 416, a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act by no longer allowing the use of statistics to demonstrate racial bias in North Carolina’s capital punishment system.  Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement in response to the legislature’s overhaul of the Racial Justice Act:

 

“While I am not particularly surprised that the Republican-led General Assembly was successful in overhauling and severely weakening the effectiveness of the Racial Justice Act, I am, however, astonished by the five Democrats who voted to dismantle the law.  Their votes not only clenched the override for the legislature, but also cemented their position to ignore well-documented racial bias in the judicial system.  I am disappointed by this outcome and equally disappointed that Representatives William Brisson, James Crawford, Dewey Hill, Bill Owens, Tim Spear call themselves Democrats.”

 

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Perdue vetoes rewrite of Racial Justice Act – News & Observer

RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue on Thursday vetoed the bill that would have undermined the Racial Justice Act, the 2009 law that allows death-row inmates to try to convert their sentences to life in prison without parole by using statistical proof of racial bias in their trials.

“As long as I am governor, I will fight to make sure the death penalty stays on the books in North Carolina,” Perdue said in a statement released late in the afternoon. “But it has to be carried out fairly – free of prejudice.” (More)

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RALEIGH — Despite her lame-duck status and a General Assembly controlled by the opposing party, Gov. Bev Perdue’s 2012-2013 budget, unveiled this past week, calls for a net increase of more than $562 million in K-12 school funding over what is currently planned for next year. (More)

News Alert: NC NAACP Petitions Governor to Pardon the Wilmington 10

NC NAACP Letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2012

 

For More Information:           Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                              Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

 

DURHAM – The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is releasing a letter petitioning Governor Beverly Perdue to pardon the Wilmington 10.  The NC NAACP joined members of the Wilmington 10 and their attorneys for a news conference at the State Capitol on Thursday morning.

 

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May 17, 2012

 

Hon. Beverly Eaves Perdue

Governor of North Carolina

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

 

RE:  Petition to Pardon the Wilmington Ten

 

Dear Governor Perdue:

 

In September 1972 ten young North Carolinians were tried and convicted of major felonies in New Hanover County.  After the dust settled, it turned out their main crime was trying to obey the Law, namely the requirements of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court to dismantle the separate and unequal school systems of New Hanover County.  The young people were called the Wilmington Ten:  Ben Chavis, Wayne Moore, Marvin Patrick, Connie Tindall, James McKoy, Willie Vereen, Reginald Epps, Anne Shepard-Turner, William "Joe" Wright, and Jerry Jacobs.

 

In 1980, after many had served 8 years in prison, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled they had been victims of outrageous acts of prosecutorial misconduct. Chavez v. State of North Carolina, 637 F.2d 213.  In language that has become too familiar to those of us who believe in racial justice in North Carolina, the Appeals Court found: "The prosecution’s failure to produce . . . to defense counsel the ‘amended’ statement and the record of the hospitalization of the state’s key witness and the restrictions upon cross-examination of the key witness and another about favorable treatment which might have induced favorable testimony require us to overturn the convictions."

 

Such gross prosecutorial misconduct is often associated with the trials of poor minorities and civil rights activists.  Each time this linkage is validated by higher courts, it widens the breach in our human family. . . it aggravates the hurts of past indignities.  Our system does not empower our courts to repair and heal such breaches and wounds.  Our constitution, instead, places such acts of human compassion in your hands. 

 

Therefore, on behalf of the North Carolina Conference of 125 adult, college and youth NAACP Branches across the state, I ask you to pardon the Wilmington Ten.  "And you shall be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in." Isaiah 58:12.

 

Yours in the Spirit of Truth and Justice,

Barber Signature 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President                                                  

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP

 

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Democrats fret about Parker’s defiance – WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — Some Democrats are worried that the state party’s inability to rid itself of embattled chairman David Parker could hurt their candidates’ chances this fall.

At a chaotic six-hour meeting Saturday, Parker offered his resignation, then reversed himself when the state executive committee voted 269-203 to reject it. (More)

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What Role Did Gov. Beverly Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton And Other Elected Officials Who Wanted David Parker NC State Democratic Party Chair To Resign, David Parker, NC State Executive Council and NC State Executive Committee

What role did Gov. Beverly Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walton Dalton And Other Elected Officials whom Wanted David Parker NC State Democratic Party Chair To Resign, David Parker, NC State Executive Council (around 60 plus members) and NC State Executive Committee around (600 plus members) play in the road to the meeting that should have never taken place.

Several weeks ago it surfaced about the negative events that were going on within the Democratic Party. Jay Parmley Executive Director was accused of sexually harassing a staff person and Parker and the attorney supposed handled the situation. However this brought on Parmley resigning, Sallie Leslie a longtime staff and I believe some others resigning their post as well.

Gov. Beverly Perdue, Lt. Walton Dalton and some other elected officials asked David Parker to step down. It was reported that Parker met via telephone with the State Executive Council and Parker said that he had the support of the council. Well Gwen Wilkins 1st Vice Chair said that was not totally correct. I understand it was about 28 – 30 folks on the call however the body is made up of around 60 folks. I understand that during the call no one said anything much but 2 – 3 people said they supported Parker but no call for a vote. Sources say some who were not on the call expressed they didn’t agree to supporting Parker. Enough on that I believe you see where I am coming from unless you are one of those ignant damn folks at the meeting on yesterday whom claim they couldn’t understand the motions.

So after meeting with the State Executive Council Parker told Gov. Perdue and the others that he had the support of the State Executive Council so he thought their request for him to resign would go away. Nope they didn’t accept that.

Now because of the pressure being put on Parker by Gov. Perdue and the others now Parker had to call a special meeting with State Executive Committee. Well sources say that Parker was directed to set some rules for the meeting which included setting it up for a top elected official to chair the meeting hint name starts with a D. Well after we received the agenda and I seen Rule 8. Presiding chair of elections. The Presiding Officer shall not preside over his or her own election  in which case the parliamentarian designated at the convening of the meeting shall preside until such election is concluded, I knew there was something going on. However people ran to the mike to challenge that because the Democratic Party Plan of Organization reads as follows: Section 4.02 Elected officers reads: Vacancy and Succession for Elected State Executive Committee Officers. Vacancies occurring among the elected officers of the state executive committee shall be filled within sixty (60) days following the creation of the vacancy. The state chair shall call a meeting of the state executive committee to fill that vacancy and any other vacancies that might be caused by the action of such committee in filling the vacancy. If, for any reason, there should occur a vacancy in the office of state chair, the first vice chair, the second vice chair, the third vice chair, the secretary or the treasurer, in that order, shall preside and in the absence of all of the foregoing officers, any member of the state executive committee may preside.

So since Parker didn’t honor Gov. Perdue and the others request to step down when they didn’t accept his report from the State Executive Council why did he think they were going to support the report from the State Executive Committee? It appeared to me that Gov. Perdue and the others wanted him out and nothing was going to change that because dealing with Parker do not change anything bout the negative events that were going on within the Democratic Party that surfaced several weeks ago.

When the meeting was over yesterday the negative events still exist because keeping Parker on do not address them. However since he was a part of the negative events and there is nothing in place to address those events, why do anyone in their right mind think the issue of the negative events will just go away? I feel that when longtime staff worker Sallie Leslie resigned leaves many with unanswered questions that will not just go away.

Well I have learned some things since the meeting on yesterday about the role that Gov. Beverly Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walton Dalton And Other Elected Officials Who Wanted David Parker NC State Democratic Party Chair To Resign, David Parker, NC State Executive Council and NC State Executive Committee played.

If Parker felt he had not done anything wrong then he should have stood his ground. Gov. Perdue and the others didn’t put him in so it was up to the State Executive Committee to take him out. But Parker allowed the pressure of them to make him do what he did and at the expense of the 1st Vice Chair and the State Executive Committee and those who were proxies like myself. Again yesterday’s meeting was a damn waste. He knew he was not going to resign so why in the hell did he stand up there and do it? I don’t give a damn about what happened before yesterday. On yesterday I expected Parker to honor his word when he stood on the stage and gave his remarks and then officially stepping down.

Now I am waiting to see what role President Obama will play or if any.

I kind of sorta knew what was going to happen on yesterday after reading a couple of Facebook Groups but most of all the following report “Will Democrats accept Parker’s resignation? – WRAL” gave me the real heads up of what to expect.

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Parker out, then he’s in: Wild day to be a Democrat in N.C. – News & Observer 

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North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman David Parker said Thursday that he won’t resign over his handling of a sexual harassment complaint that forced out the party’s executive director. Instead, he called for a new chairman to be elected next month. (More)

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PRESS RELEASE: Butterfield Congratulates Judge A. Leon Stanback, Jr. on Appointment as Interim District Attorney

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For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  February 2, 2012

 

Contact: Kezmiché "Kim" Atterbury 
Phone:  (202) 225.3101

                                                   Mobile: (202) 465.5125


Butterfield Congratulates Judge A. Leon Stanback, Jr. on Appointment as Interim District Attorney

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) today called retired Judge A. Leon Stanback, Jr. to congratulate him on his recent appointment by Governor Bev Perdue to serve as interim District Attorney for Durham County.  Judge Stanback was asked to serve until the controversy involving the county’s current District Attorney is resolved.

 

“I have known Leon Stanback for more than 45 years, dating back to when we both attended North Carolina Central University,” said Butterfield.  “Judge Stanback is a very capable individual who understands the totality of the criminal justice system.  I have no doubt that he will be a valuable asset to the county and city of Durham.  Governor Perdue could not have made a better choice.”

 

Judge Stanback worked in several notable capacities within the criminal justice system during his long and distinguished legal career.  He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Guilford County, a defense attorney, and as a member of the North Carolina Parole Commission before being elected as a Superior Court judge for Durham County.  Judge Stanback served on the bench for twenty years before retiring in 2009.

 

 

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